Compassion and Emptiness in Early Buddhist Meditation


Anālayo investigates the meditative practices of compassion and emptiness by examining and interpreting material from the early Buddhist discourses.



Serious meditation students will benefit tremendously from the clarity of understanding that Venerable Anālayo's efforts have achieved. – Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society

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