The Heart Sutra Explained

The Heart Sutra Explained

by Donald S. Lopez
     
 

ISBN-10: 0887065902

ISBN-13: 9780887065903

Pub. Date: 11/28/1987

Publisher: State University of New York Press

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.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887065903
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
11/28/1987
Series:
SUNY Series in Buddhist Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.57(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements1
Introduction3
Part IIndian Commentaries
Chapter 1The Sutra19
Chapter 2The Title21
Chapter 3The Prologue33
Chapter 4The Question and the Answer49
Chapter 5Form is Emptiness; Emptiness is Form57
Chapter 6The Negations and Enlightenment95
Chapter 7The Mantra109
Chapter 8The Epilogue121
Chapter 9The Structure of the Sutra and the Structure of the Path123
Part IITibetan Commentaries
Chapter 10Commentary on the Heart Sutra, Jewel Light Illuminating the Meaning139
Chapter 11An Explanation of the Heart Sutra Mantra, Illuminating the Hidden Meaning161
Notes187
Selected Bibliography215
Index227

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