The Diamond Sutra: The Perfection of Wisdom

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Basic Books, 2002 - Religion - 480 pages
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Zen Buddhism is often said to be a practice of mind-to-mind transmission without reliance on texts --in fact, some great teachers forbid their students to read or write. But Buddhism has also inspired some of the greatest philosophical writings of any religion, and two such works lie at the center of Zen: The Heart Sutra, which monks recite all over the world, and The Diamond Sutra, said to contain answers to all questions of delusion and dualism. This is the Buddhist teaching on the perfection of wisdom and cuts through all obstacles on the path of practice. As Red Pine explains: The Diamond Sutra may look like a book, but it's really the body of the Buddha. It's also your body, my body, all possible bodies. But it's a body with nothing inside and nothing outside. It doesn't exist in space or time. Nor is it a construct of the mind. It's no mind. And yet because it's no mind, it has room for compassion. This book is the offering of no mind, born of compassion for all suffering beings. Of all the sutras that teach this teaching, this is the diamond.

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User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

I wish that I could give my other books 4 stars because I have read this text. It is truth in writing by my understanding of neurological and metaphysical reality modeling. ..."like a tiny drop off ... Read full review

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Well written as ever. Challenging. Read full review

About the author (2002)

Red Pine (Bill Porter) won the 1996 PEN West Award for "Guide to Capturing a Plum Blossom", and is a well-known translator of classical Chinese philosophy and poetry, including translations of the "Platform Sutra", the "Diamond Sutra", and the "Lankavatara Sutra". He has lived in Taiwan and Hong Kong and traveled extensively in China. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

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