Jeffrey Hopkins

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Jeffrey Hopkins (born 1940) is an American Tibetologist. He is Emeritus professor 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]


  • Lati Rinpoche; Hopkins, Jeffrey (1980). Death, Intermediate State and Rebirth. Rider & Co. ISBN 0091393213.
  • Maps of the Profound: Jam-Yang-Shay-Ba's Great Exposition of Buddhist and Non-Buddhist Views on the Nature of Reality
  • Tsong-kha-pa's Final Exposition of Wisdom
  • Emptiness Yoga: The Tibetan Middle Way
  • Emptiness in the Mind-Only School of Buddhism
  • Meditation on Emptiness
  • Absorption in No External World: 170 Issues in Mind-Only Buddhism (Dynamic Responses to Dzong-ka-ba's the Essence of Eloquence)
  • Mountain Doctrine: Tibet's Fundamental Treatise on Other-Emptiness and the Buddha Matrix


Notes and references[edit]

  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. Archived 2007-05-15 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ John Powers, The Free Tibet Movement: A Selective Narrative Archived 2007-07-05 at the Wayback Machine, 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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