The Heart Sutra Explained: Indian and Tibetan Commentaries

The Heart Sutra Explained: Indian and Tibetan Commentaries

Donald S. Lopez, Jr.


well known for its terse assertion of the perfection of knowledge, the Heart Sutra is the main well-known of Buddhist scriptures. the writer attracts on formerly unexamined commentaries, preserved in simple terms in Tibetan, to enquire the meanings derived from and invested into the sutra in the course of the later interval of Indian Buddhism.

The center Sutra Explained deals new insights on “form is vacancy, vacancy is form,” at the mantra “gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha,” and at the synthesis of Madhyamika, Yogacara, and tantric proposal that characterised the ultimate interval of Buddhism in India. additionally it is whole translations of 2 19th century Tibetan commentaries demonstrating the selective appropriation of Indian sources.

“It makes an enormous contribution to Buddhist experiences through bringing forth new and critical fabric to contextualize probably the most liked and recognized Buddhist texts, the Heart Sutra. It does so in a way that's either scholarly and readable.” —Anne C. Klein, Stanford collage

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