Jeffrey Hopkins

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Jeffrey Hopkins (born 1940) is an American Tibetologist. He is Emeritus of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Virginia, where he taught for more than three decades since 1973.[1] He has authored more than twenty-five books about Tibetan Buddhism, among them the highly influential Meditation on Emptiness,[2] which appeared in 1983, offering a pioneering exposition of Prasangika-Madyamika thought in the Geluk tradition. From 1979 to 1989 he was the Dalai Lama's chief interpreter into English[3] and he played a significant role in the development of the Free Tibet Movement.[4] In 2006 he published his English translation of a major work by the Jonangpa lama, Dolpopa, on the Buddha Nature and Emptiness called Mountain Doctrine.[5]


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  1. ^ Three Decades and Eighteen PhDs: The Tibetan and Buddhist Studies Legacy of Jeffrey Hopkins at the University of Virginia by David Germano
  2. ^ Jeffrey Hopkins, Meditation on Emptiness, Wisdom Publication, 1996, ISBN 0-86171-110-6, critically reviewed by Matthew Kapstein in Philosophy East and West, Vol. 36, No. 1 (Jan., 1986), pp. 68-71.
  3. ^ Jeffrey Hopkins Bio at the Dalai Lama Foundation site.
  4. ^ John Powers, The Free Tibet Movement: A Selective Narrative, Journal of Buddhist Ethics 7,2000
  5. ^ Jeffrey Hopkins, Mountain Doctrine: Tibet's Fundamental Treatise on Other-Emptiness and the Buddha Matrix, Snow Lion, 2006

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