Describing the Indescribable: A Commentary on the Diamond Sutra

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The Diamond Sutra is revered throughout Asia as one of the Buddha's most profound expressions of the nature of reality. A gem among the vast Perfection of Wisdom literature, the Diamond Sutra elicits an experience of eternal truth through its use of a seemingly paradoxical style, as the reader goes back and forth between "what is" and "what is not." Master Hsing Yun skillfully plumbs the depths of the Diamond Sutra, illuminating for us its power to change who we are and how we ...

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Overview

The Diamond Sutra is revered throughout Asia as one of the Buddha's most profound expressions of the nature of reality. A gem among the vast Perfection of Wisdom literature, the Diamond Sutra elicits an experience of eternal truth through its use of a seemingly paradoxical style, as the reader goes back and forth between "what is" and "what is not." Master Hsing Yun skillfully plumbs the depths of the Diamond Sutra, illuminating for us its power to change who we are and how we interpret our world.

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Editorial Reviews

from the Introduction by Master Hsing Yun
"The Diamond Sutra beats with two hearts: one is wisdom and the other is compassion. To be wise is to know and understand the essence of awareness. To be compassionate is to know and understand the essence of intention. In the Diamond Sutra, the Buddha shows us that ultimately, compassion and wisdom are one."—
Professor Lance E. Nelson
"A brilliant translation with a lucid and accessible commentary. Master Hsing Yun is truly a leading light of contemporary Chinese Buddhism."
Ananda Guruge
"A very important contribution to the study of Buddhism, ably and readably translated. I strongly recommend reading it."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861711864
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 7/10/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Master Hsing Yun is the founder of Fo Guang Shan-an international Buddhist order with temples worldwide-the affiliated Buddha's Light International, and University of the West in Rosemead, California. Born in 1927, he is a forty-eighth patriarch of the Lin Chi (Rinzai) School of Zen Buddhism and lives in Taiwan.

Tom Graham, a scholar and translator of Chinese, worked in East Asia for ten years. He now resides in San Diego, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2008

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    An excellent commentary on this difficult and important part of Buddhist doctrine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2005

    Important Buddhist Philosophy!

    This sutra definitely helps define what Buddhist philosophy is! After reading this sutra, many situations become less burdensome. Also helps show that simple steps in life can help eradicate suffering. Definitely enables the mind to have a clearer outlook in life, hence the name 'Diamond Sutra.' The sutra itself in the beginning is hard to understand, especially if readers are unfamiliar with Buddhist teachings. But guided by Master Hsing Yun's commentary throughout, the reader can begin to realize it's meanings. After reading this, other Buddhist texts without commentary can be read with better comprehension.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2002

    One of the best translations of the Diamond Sutra in existance

    Tom Graham did a fabulous job in his translation of the Diamond Sutra. That combined with Master Hsing Yun's lucid commentary makes this a knockout book and must for any English speaking student of Buddhism. I would recommend any of Tom Graham's translations.

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