An extensive presentation of Svatantrika Madhyamika that analyzes issues and positions central to Indian philosophy during the final development of Buddhist thought in India. Written by one of the leading scholars and presenters of Buddhism in both academia and popular culture, A Study of Svatantrika presents one of the most influential philosophical schools of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, sometimes called the Automous School. For historical reasons, this school's voice was muted, but its impact on the articulation of Buddhist views throughout the Buddhist world of South and Central Asia cant be overestimated.
DONALD S. LOPEZ JR. holds a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia, where he specialized in Tibetan Buddhism. As a Fulbright scholar in India, he studied Madhyamika philosophy with leading Tibetan scholars. After teaching in the Department of Religion at Middlebury College, he is now Chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan. He is the author of numerous books on Buddhism and Tibet, including Elaborations on Emptiness and The Heart Sutra Explained.