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There Is No Suffering is Chan Master Sheng-yen's commentary on the Heart Sutra. He speaks on the ...
There Is No Suffering is Chan Master Sheng-yen's commentary on the Heart Sutra. He speaks on the sutra from the Chan point of view, and presents it as a series of contemplation methods, encouraging readers to experience it directly through meditation and daily life. In this way, reading the Heart Sutra becomes more than just an intellectual exercise; it becomes a method of practice by which one can awaken to the fundamental wisdom inherent within each of us. Whether one wants a better understanding of Buddhist concepts or a deepened meditation practice, this commentary on the Heart Sutra can help.
|The Heart Sutra||7|
|Commentary on the Heart Sutra||11|
|The way of Bodhisattva||15|
|The Five Skandhas||45|
|The Eighteen Realms||61|
|The Twelve Links of Conditioned Arising||73|
|The Four Noble Truths||87|
|Beyond Inverted Views and Dreams||105|
|The Realization of the Buddhas||113|
|The Supreme Mantra||115|
Posted January 20, 2003
Of the commentaries I have read for the Heart Sutra, Thich Nhat Hahn's (Heart of Understanding) was the gentlest, The Dalai Lama's quite informative, Hakuin's both artistic and penetrating via imagery, and Master Sheng-yen's the most extensive in teachings. For someone who wishes to expand their knowledge of Buddhism beyond the mere basics with examples drawn from many pragmatic situations of daily life, this book is probably the best. For a more basic run at the Heart Sutra, I would probably try one of the three mentioned above. As a student of Master Sheng-yen, I can attest to the fact that many of the Chinese speaking people in his audiences often spend considerable time drenched in laughter. However, the English translation does tend to go over with a dry thud. If anything is lost in the translation, certainly the humor is first. However, his examples drawn from experience form images which highlight the teachings from a completely different vantage point in one's mind. The firm grip of the intellectual/cognitive mind tends to loosen up a bit, allowing the teachings to settle on a deeper level. Personally, I find the missing gentle laughter of the audience a significant loss when reading his books as opposed to hearing these lectures in person. However, the genuine value of these teachings are still quite accessable.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 26, 2009
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