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The Tantric Distinction: A Buddhist's Reflections on Compassion and Emptiness

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Widely recognized as one of the West's leading scholars of Tibetan Buddhism, Professor Jeffrey Hopkins is renowned for his textual translations and original scholarship. For ten years he served as the principal English translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Tantric Distinction is his effort to make accessible the complexities of this highly sophisticated philosoph ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 9th 1984 by Wisdom Publications (first published October 1984)
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Frank Jude
May 20, 2009 Frank Jude rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who think they practice -- or even know -- what Tantra really is....
Shelves: buddhism, tantra
I have SO much resonance and sympathy with the Tantric worldview, but darn if some of the practices aren't just a wee bit busy, eh? Or maybe even downright silly; barely removed from mental gymnastics and make-believe -- which is fine for what it's worth, but is it really fine for waking up?!

Another thing that I find really unseemly is the constant "this way is the highest, the best, etc" kind of polemic. Really, 'unseemly' is about the best I can say about this.

Finally, it makes for a fantastic
David Joseph
Jun 01, 2013 David Joseph rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Studious Mahayana Buddhists
Recommended to David by: Just off the Shelf


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I think he was a bit heavy-handed while matching up people of differing abilities with different practices.

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Jeffrey Hopkins, PhD, served for a decade as the interpreter for the Dalai Lama. A Buddhist scholar and the author of more than thirty-five books, he is Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia, where he founded the largest academic program in Tibetan Buddhist studies in the West.
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