The Heart Sutra: A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism

The Heart Sutra A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism An illuminating in depth study of one of the most well known and recited of all the Buddhist texts by the renowned modern translator The Prajna Paramita Hridaya Sutra is among the best known of all th

  • Title: The Heart Sutra: A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism
  • Author: Kazuaki Tanahashi Roshi Joan Halifax
  • ISBN: 9781611800968
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An illuminating in depth study of one of the most well known and recited of all the Buddhist texts by the renowned modern translator.The Prajna Paramita Hridaya Sutra is among the best known of all the Buddhist scriptures Chanted daily by many Zen practitioners, it is also studied extensively in the Tibetan tradition, and it has been regarded with interest recentlyAn illuminating in depth study of one of the most well known and recited of all the Buddhist texts by the renowned modern translator.The Prajna Paramita Hridaya Sutra is among the best known of all the Buddhist scriptures Chanted daily by many Zen practitioners, it is also studied extensively in the Tibetan tradition, and it has been regarded with interest recently in the West in various fields of study from philosophy to quantum physics In just a few lines, it expresses the truth of impermanence and the release of suffering that results from the understanding of that truth with a breathtaking economy of language Kazuaki Tanahashi s guide to the Heart Sutra is the result of a life spent working with it and living it He outlines the history and meaning of the text and then analyzes it line by line in its various forms Sanskrit, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tibetan, Mongolian, and various key English translations , providing a deeper understanding of the history and etymology of the elusive words than is generally available to the nonspecialist yet with a clear emphasis on the relevance of the text to practice This book includes a fresh and meticulous new translation of the text by the author and Roshi Joan Halifax.

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    1. This book is a new English translation and in-depth exposition of the Heart Sutra, a foundational work of Mahayana Buddhism and a major work of human thought on the Buddhist concept of emptiness. In a scholarly, thorough, and loving treatment of the topic, Tanahashi guides us through the history of the sutra, theories of its shrouded origin, the history of its many translations and translators, its spread throughout Asia and the world, and its role in contemporary Buddhism. We learn the context [...]

    2. This is a wonderful and thorough addition to the body of work on this profound text. I have studied and recited this text for many years and there is always a new revelation, whether intellectually or through a glimpse of wisdom beyond wisdom. Kazuaki Tanahashi's collection of the different translations is remarkable and a tremendous gift. His line by line, word for word translation is invaluable and a tremendous addition to understanding the sutra. Deeply grateful to Kazuaki Tanahashi.

    3. This book is the most thorough on the background of the Heart Sutra. Tanahashi goes to great lengths to trace the history of the Heart Sutra and explain the lives of its authors and many translations. It is quite amazing how Tanahashi put this all together, but somehow he did. If you are a student of Mahayana Buddhism or have a general interest in the Heart Sutra, you cannot go past this book.

    4. Kaz Tanahashi reveals himself as an astute scholar, historian and linguist in this remarkable book. Although it can read a bit dry at times, interested readers will get a deep dive into the history of the "Heart Sutra" and the linguistic choices Kaz and his collaborator Joan Hallifax made when producing their new, illuminating translation. A must read for serious Buddhist studies students.

    5. See Jayarava's review:jayarava/2016/03/"People often ask me what book I would recommend and I keep having to say that I cannot recommend any book on the Heart Sutra. Indeed I find myself warning people not to read books. Don't read Red Pine, for example. Don't read Conze, D T Suzuki, or Mu Seong. Don't, because the books are poorly researched and written. They won't help you understand the text or put the words into practice and they will certainly mislead you in ways that will be difficult to d [...]

    6. In depth study of the Heart Sutra and it's origins.The inclusion of multiple versions in multiple languages as an appendix is incredibly helpful when attempting to understand the evolution of this text.

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