Wisdom Beyond Words: The Buddhist Vision of Ultimate Reality [NOOK Book]

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Ever since the Buddha's lifetime, people have been trying to express the ultimate meaning of Buddhism in a form that makes complete rational sense. The Prajnaparamita or 'Perfection of Wisdom' teachings offer a giddying counterbalance to this exercise. Emerging 2000 years ago as the core-teachings of Mahayana Buddhism, texts such as the Ratnaguna-samcayagatha, the Diamond Sutra and the Heart Sutra gave new impetus to the ideal of the Bodhisattva, one whose energies are dedicated to the attainment of enlightenment...
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Overview

Ever since the Buddha's lifetime, people have been trying to express the ultimate meaning of Buddhism in a form that makes complete rational sense. The Prajnaparamita or 'Perfection of Wisdom' teachings offer a giddying counterbalance to this exercise. Emerging 2000 years ago as the core-teachings of Mahayana Buddhism, texts such as the Ratnaguna-samcayagatha, the Diamond Sutra and the Heart Sutra gave new impetus to the ideal of the Bodhisattva, one whose energies are dedicated to the attainment of enlightenment for the sake of all beings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781909314115
  • Publisher: Windhorse Publications Ltd
  • Publication date: 6/14/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

A respected translator and author of over fifty books, Sangharakshita began studying BUddhism at the age of 16. After 20 years studying in India he returned to England and set up the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order which has over 65 centres worldwide, including the USA.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
General Introduction 7
The Perfection of Wisdom Tradition 9
The Heart Sutra 21
The Sutra 23
Commentary 25
The Diamond Sutra 37
Introduction 39
The Sutra 45
Chapter 1 A Strangely Ordinary Beginning 63
Chapter 2 The Essential Revolution 75
Chapter 3 The Nature of Giving 85
Chapter 4 How to Recognize a Buddha 95
Chapter 5 The Raft of the Dharma 103
Chapter 6 Insight with a Capital I 119
Chapter 7 Hallowed Ground 127
Chapter 8 Stretching the Mind to its Limits 135
Chapter 9 A Sense of the Sublime 139
Chapter 10 The Perfection of Patience 145
Chapter 11 A Breath of Nonsense 151
Chapter 12 Cut Down to Size 157
Chapter 13 The Reality of the Buddha 163
Chapter 14 Seeing Through Illusions 175
The Ratnaguna-Samcayagatha 181
Introduction
The Greater Mandala 183
The Sutra 195
Chapter 1 For Heroic Spirits Intended 203
Chapter 2 The Voice of the Buddha 209
Chapter 3 No Wisdom Can We Get Hold of 217
Chapter 4 A Leap of Faith 231
Chapter 5 The Nature of the Bodhisattva 241
Chapter 6 The Unfathomable Individual 251
Chapter 7 Topsy-Turvy Views 257
Chapter 8 The Facts of Existence 271
Notes and References 281
Further Reading 289
Index 291
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