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translator , author , Asian studies educator

P. Jeffrey Hopkins, American Asian studies educator, author, translator. Fulbright scholar, India and Germany, 1971-1972, India, 1982. Member International Association Buddhist Studies (board directors 1986-1989), American Academy Religion, Tibet Society, Tibetan Studies Institute (president since 1987).

Background

Hopkins, P. Jeffrey was born on September 30, 1940 in Providence. Son of Charles Edwin and Ora Ruth (Adams) Hopkins.

Education

Bachelor magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1963;Doctor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, 1973.

Career

Assistant professor, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1973-1977;associate professor, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1977-1989;professor, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, since 1989;director Center for South Asian Studies, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1979-1982, 85-94. Visiting professor U. B.C., Vancouver, Canada, 1983-1986. Numata Distinguished professor Buddhist studies U. Hawaii, 1995.

Chief interpreter into English for His Holiness the Dalai Lama on tours to North America, Great Britain, Europe, S.E. Asia and Australia, 1979-1989. President Institute for Asian Democracy, Washington, since 1994. Organizer, director Nobel Peace Laureates Conference, University of Virginia, 1998.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author or translator over 20 books on Tibetan Buddhism. Contributor articles to professional journals.

Religion

He is Emeritus of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Virginia, where he taught for more than three decades since 1973. He has authored more than twenty-five books about Tibetan Buddhism, among them the highly influential Meditation on Emptiness, which appeared in 1983, offering a pioneering exposition of Prasangika-Madyamika thought in the Geluk tradition. In 2006 he published his English translation of a major work by the Jonangpa lama, Dolpopa, on the Buddha Nature and Emptiness called Mountain Doctrine.

Membership

Member International Association Buddhist Studies (board directors 1986-1989), American Academy Religion, Tibet Society, Tibetan Studies Institute (president since 1987).

Connections

father:
Charles Edwin Hopkins

mother:
Ora Ruth (Adams) Hopkins