The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra

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Parallax Press, Dec 1, 2009 - Religion - 60 pages
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Comprised of only 632 Chinese characters, the Heart Sutra is Buddhism in a nutshell. Despite its brevity, this powerful work covers more of the Buddha’s teachings than any other scripture, and its influence is more profound and wide-reaching than any other text in Buddhism. Thich Nhat Hanh’s translation and commentary is regarded as the most simple, clear, concise, and understandable available. He describes the sutra as “a precious gift to us, the gift of fearlessness," offering subtle and profound teachings on non-duality and the letting go of all preconceived notions, opinions, and attachments, thereby becoming open to all the wonders of our life. This completely revised edition celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first publication of a modern classic.
  

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Review: The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra

User Review  - Amitesh Maheshwari - Goodreads

Not a book, kind of an article, 35-40 pages. The subject is the totality of universe, one or two paragraph are thought provoking. Not able to relate with present society. Read full review

Review: The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra

User Review  - Robbie Blair - Goodreads

While not a flawless book, this rendition and discussion of the Heart Sutra is an accessible entry-point for some of Buddhism's key philosophies. For those who find those philosophies resonant, this work is also replenishing and profound. Read full review

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Contents

THE HEART OF PERFECT UNDERSTANDING
1
INTERBEING
3
EMPTY OF WHAT?
5
THE WAY OF UNDERSTANDING
9
LONG LIVE EMPTINESS
13
HAPPY CONTINUATION
17
ROSES AND GARBAGE
27
THE MOON IS ALWAYS THE MOON
35
BUDDHA IS MADE OF NONBUDDHA ELEMENTS
37
FREEDOM
41
SVAHA
43
A TANGERINE PARTY
47
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About the author (2009)

Born in Hue, Vietnam, Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk, poet, scholar, and human rights activist. In 1967, he was nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is author of more than one hundred books, sixty in English. Previous best-selling books include The World We Have and Buddha Mind Buddha Body. He lives at Plum Village, his meditation center in France, and travels worldwide, leading retreats on “the art of mindful living.”

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