The Heart Sutra Explained

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Overview

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.

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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

Acknowledgements 1
Introduction 3
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
Notes 187
Selected Bibliography 215
Index 227
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