Roger Jackson, John W. Nason Professor of Asian Studies and Religion, Emeritus, has received the 2020 Toshihide Numata Award for his book, Mind Seeing Mind: Mahāmudrā and the Geluk Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism (Wisdom Publications, 2019). The “Toshi Award” recognizes an outstanding book in Buddhist Studies.
The book provides a thorough study of one of the most important practices in Tibetan Buddhism as well as translations of a number of its key texts. Jackson first took an interest in mahāmudrā—a Sanskrit word that refers to the Tibetan Buddhist understanding of the true nature of the mind—thirty years ago in Nepal. From there he began studying Gelukpa mahāmudrā literature, and his book brings out the history of mahāmudrā in the Geluk.
The book received high praise, with reviewers calling it “a model study of a central topic within Indo-Tibetan intellectual and contemplative history that is a must-read for anybody interested in the field” (Matthew T. Kapstein, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, and the University of Chicago), and “The best historical overview of mahāmudrā available in any language . . . . Erudite, yet accessible, it is a book no serious student of Buddhism can afford to overlook” (José Ignacio Cabezón, Dalai Lama Professor of Tibetan Buddhism and Cultural Studies, UC Santa Barbara).
Roger Jackson is author of Is Enlightenment Possible? (1993) and Tantric Treasures (2004), co-author of The Wheel of Time: Kalachakra in Context (1985), editor of The Crystal Mirror of Philosophical Systems (2009), co-editor of Tibetan Literature: Studies in Genre (1996), Buddhist Theology (1999), and Mahāmudrā and the Bka’-Brgyud Tradition (2011), and has published many articles and reviews.