To Know a Buddha: A Tibetan Contemplative History and Its Implications for Religious Studies
Villarreal, Elena Claire
Klein, Anne C
Doctor of Philosophy
This dissertation examines the introduction, critique, and re-framing of other-emptiness (gzhan-stong) by Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292–1361), Tsongkhapa Lobsang Drakpa (1357–1419), and Jamgon Kongtrul (1813-1899) respectively. Each author's writings on emptiness were deeply informed by his own contemplative and visionary experiences. Such peak religious moments--along with historical, social, and textual context--must be considered seriously to provide the richest possible history of other-emptiness.
Madhyamaka; contemplative epistemology