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The Heart Sutra Explained: Indian and Tibetan Commentaries

The Heart Sutra Explained Indian and Tibetan Commentaries Renowned for its terse declaration of the perfection of wisdom the Heart Sutra is the most famous of Buddhist scriptures The author draws on previously unexamined commentaries preserved only in Tibe

  • Title: The Heart Sutra Explained: Indian and Tibetan Commentaries
  • Author: Donald S. Lopez Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780887065903
  • Page: 422
  • Format: Paperback
  • Renowned for its terse declaration of the perfection of wisdom, the Heart Sutra is the most famous of Buddhist scriptures The author draws on previously unexamined commentaries, preserved only in Tibetan, to investigate the meanings derived from and invested into the sutra during the later period of Indian Buddhism.The Heart Sutra Explained offers new insights on form isRenowned for its terse declaration of the perfection of wisdom, the Heart Sutra is the most famous of Buddhist scriptures The author draws on previously unexamined commentaries, preserved only in Tibetan, to investigate the meanings derived from and invested into the sutra during the later period of Indian Buddhism.The Heart Sutra Explained offers new insights on form is emptiness, emptiness is form, on the mantra gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha, and on the synthesis of Madhyamika, Yogacara, and tantric thought that characterized the final period of Buddhism in India It also includes complete translations of two nineteenth century Tibetan commentaries demonstrating the selective appropriation of Indian sources.

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    2. Even though it is hardly a single page in length, the Heart Sutra is probably the most famous Buddhist sutra. The Heart Sutra dates from about 350 A.D by best estimates, and is part of the broad school of Buddhism known as the Mahayana, as distinguished from the earlier tradition known as the Theravada. The Heart Sutra is a distillation of a series of Mahayana texts known as the "Perfection of Wisdom" sutras some of which consist of as much as 100,000 stanzas. (The Diamond Sutra is the other wel [...]

    3. The tiny book "The Heart Sutra Explained" (230 pages) includes commentaries by Indian and Tibetan sages.These commentaries are very useful to study the Heart Sutra from different perspectives.E.g.: a commentary on the first line in the prologue "Thus I have hear at one time": "The commentator Vajrapani has high praise for the word Thus ("evam" in Sanskrit), the word with which sutras begin. Those four letters are the source of the 84.000 doctrines taught by Buddha and are the basis of all marvel [...]

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