The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra

The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra

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by Thich Nhat Hanh
     
 

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The heart of the Prajñaparamita Sutra is regarded as the essence of Buddhist teaching, offering subtle and profound teachings on non-duality and the letting go of all preconceived notions, opinions, and attachments, and so becoming open to all the wonders of our life.

The Heart Sutra is recited daily in Mahayana temples and practice centers

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The heart of the Prajñaparamita Sutra is regarded as the essence of Buddhist teaching, offering subtle and profound teachings on non-duality and the letting go of all preconceived notions, opinions, and attachments, and so becoming open to all the wonders of our life.

The Heart Sutra is recited daily in Mahayana temples and practice centers throughout the world. Thich Nhat Hanh’s translation and commentary are the fruit of the author’s more than sixty years of monastic study and practice. He describes the sutra as "a precious gift to us, the gift of fearlessness." 

Based on a historic lecture at the Green Gulch Zen Center, Muir Beach, California on April 19, 1987, this is one of the most simple, clear, concise, and understandable commentaries on this very important Buddhist sutra. In the Heart Sutra, the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara describes how to train in the perfection of wisdom by seeing through the illusory nature of all things. The Heart Sutra is Buddhism in a nutshell, containing only 632 characters in the traditional Chinese translation. Despite its brevity, it covers more of the Buddha’s teachings than any other scripture and has had the most profound and wide-reaching influence of any text in Buddhism.

This revised edition celebrates the 20th anniversary of the initial release and features a new introduction by Peter Levitt and a new afterword by Thich Nhat Hanh. Edited by poet and Zen teacher Peter Levitt, author of Fingerpainting on the Moon.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937006037
Publisher:
Parallax Press
Publication date:
11/10/2009
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
60
Sales rank:
277,331
File size:
186 KB

Meet the Author

Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most revered Zen teachers in the world today. His best-selling books include Happiness and Peace Is Every Step. He lives in Plum Village in southwest France, where he teaches the art of mindful living. Edited by poet and Zen teacher Peter Levitt, author of Fingerpainting on the Moon.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It's a short book but it's a great book filled with a great amount of insights. It really makes you think and reaffirms a lot of your own beliefs in life. I would totally recommend this book. It is one of my favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short, concise, easily understandable, a joy to read!  This book gave me more understanding of the Heart Sutra in a short book, more so than many of the long books I have read on the same subject.  I will read it over and over again!
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