The Heart Sutra Explained: Indian and Tibetan Commentariesby Donald S. Lopez Jr.
Pub. Date: 11/15/1987
Publisher: State University of New York Press
The Heart Sutra Explained offers new insights on
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 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.
Table of Contents
|Part I||Indian Commentaries|
|Chapter 1||The Sutra||19|
|Chapter 2||The Title||21|
|Chapter 3||The Prologue||33|
|Chapter 4||The Question and the Answer||49|
|Chapter 5||Form is Emptiness; Emptiness is Form||57|
|Chapter 6||The Negations and Enlightenment||95|
|Chapter 7||The Mantra||109|
|Chapter 8||The Epilogue||121|
|Chapter 9||The Structure of the Sutra and the Structure of the Path||123|
|Part II||Tibetan Commentaries|
|Chapter 10||Commentary on the Heart Sutra, Jewel Light Illuminating the Meaning||139|
|Chapter 11||An Explanation of the Heart Sutra Mantra, Illuminating the Hidden Meaning||161|
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