Anālayo investigates the meditative practices of compassion and emptiness by examining and interpreting material from the early Buddhist discourses. Similar to his previous study of satipatthāna, he brings a new dimension to our understanding by comparing the Pali texts with versions that have survived in Chinese, Sanskrit and Tibetan. The result is a wide-ranging exploration of what these practices meant in early Buddhism.
While his presentation is based on academic methodology, this book is meant for practitioners, and he focuses on passages in light of their relevance to meditation.
‘This book is the result of rigorous textual scholarship that can be valued not only by the academic community, but also by Buddhist practitioners. It serves as an important bridge between those who wish to learn about Buddhist thought and practice and those who wish to learn from it…. As a monk engaging himself in Buddhist meditation as well as a professor applying a historical-critical methodology, Bhikkhu Anālayo is well positioned to bridge these two communities who both seek to deepen their understanding of these texts.’ – 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje
‘Venerable Analayo brings a meticulous textual analysis of Pali texts, the Chinese Agamas and related material from Sanskrit and Tibetan to the foundational topics of compassion and emptiness. While his analysis is grounded in a scholarly approach, this study is a helpful guide for meditation practice.’ – Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, author of ‘Reflections on a Mountain Lake’
‘This scholarly book is more than timely with its demonstrations that teachings on emptiness and compassion that are helpful to practitioners of any form of Buddhism are abundant in early Buddhist texts.’ – Rita M. Gross, Professor Emerita of Comparative Studies in Religion, University of Wisconsin