One of the most important concepts in Mahayana Buddhism is the concept
of Emptiness. We have external experiences that appear, but when they are
examined closely in four careful analyses of the Middle-way
(Madhyamaka) they are found to be insubstantial or lack inherent
reality. This fact has led the Buddha and many highly realized masters
to declare that our reality is like a mirage, a dream, a drop of dew.
In this book written for the practitioner, Thrangu Rinpoche very lucidly goes through the arguments of how things can be "empty" using examples and non-technical language.
Understanding emptiness is important because if we don't fully comprehend the emptiness of phenomena, we cannot actually reduce our attachment to
the world. Without this, we cannot develop true, universal compassion
for all sentient beings.
In this book, Thrangu Rinpoche gives a careful evaluation of the four great analyses of Mipham Rinpoche in his Gateway to Knowledge
in a simple, direct, and practical manner.
"The teachings of Thrangu Rinpoche,
the supreme lord of refuge and great abbot, are to be taken not as mere
commentary upon the words and an explanation of their meaning, but
rather as actual blessings and instructions drawn from his experience,
ornamented by love, compassion, and realization.
" --Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
This revised and expanded edition includes an English translation of the source text.
Published by Namo Buddha Publications