Jeffrey Hopkins

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Jeffrey Hopkins (born 1940) is Professor Emeritus of Tibetan Buddhist Studies at the University of Virginia where he taught Tibetan Buddhist Studies and Tibetan language since 1973. He received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1963, before training at the Lamaist Buddhist Monastery of America (now the Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center in Washington, New Jersey) for five years.

In 1973, he received a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Wisconsin. From 1979 until 1989, he served as His Holiness the Dalai Lama's chief interpreter into English on international lecture tours.

At the University of Virginia he founded programs in Buddhist Studies and Tibetan Studies and he also served as Director of the Center for South Asian Studies for twelve years. He has published many books and articles on Buddhism.[1]


His most prominent academic books are:

  • the trilogy Emptiness in the Mind-Only School of Buddhism (2000);
  • Reflections on Reality: The Three Natures and Non-Natures in the Mind-Only School (2002); and
  • Absorption in No External World: 170 Issues in Mind-Only Buddhism (2006).

Other books include:

  • Emptiness in the Mind-Only School (1999),
  • Cultivating Compassion (2001), and
  • translation and editing of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's How to Practice (2002).

In 1999 he published:

  • The Art of Peace: Nobel Peace Laureates Discuss Human Rights, Conflict and Reconciliation, edited from a conference of Nobel peace laureates that he organized in 1998 for the University of Virginia and the Institute for Asian Democracy.[1]

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