The Heart Sutra

The Heart Sutra

The short text of The Heart Sutra is Buddhism in a nutshell. It has had the most profound and wide-reaching influence of any text in Buddhism. Its full title, Prajna Paramita Hrdaya Sutra, "The Sutra of the Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom," explains that this sutra contains the essence of the Buddha’s teaching, the core of perfect enlightenment. It is the source of the famous and puzzling declaration, "form is emptiness, emptiness is form."

For this new translation into English, Red Pine, award-winning translator of Chinese poetry and religious texts, has utilized various Sanskrit and Chinese versions, refining the teachings of dozens of ancient teachers together with his own commentary to offer a profound word-for-word explication. The result is a wise book of deep teaching destined to become the standard edition of this timeless statement of Mahayana truth.

Title:The Heart Sutra
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781593760823
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    The Heart Sutra Reviews

  • robin friedman

    The most famous of all Buddhist Scriptures, the Heart Sutra encompasses endless wisdom and spiritual guidance within its enigmatic 35 lines. The Heart Sutra is chanted several times daily at Mahayana ...

  • Marla

    The Heart Sutra is only 35 lines long, yet one of the most important scriptures in Buddhism. We've read it and chanted it many, many times. It's importance equal to what The Lord's Prayer has for Chri...

  • Rivera Sun

    Red Pine's translations crack the diamond of Buddhist wisdom for me. I will forever be grateful to this blessed being for his humorous, thorough translations and commentaries that suit my American pal...

  • Akemi G.

    Despite the huge influence Buddhism has had in Asian history and culture, including the Japanese, not very many people actually read sutras. This might be because, unlike the Christian Bible, there is...

  • Kyle

    Just way too dense. I stopped reading about 1/3 of the way through. Some very good insight, but just not readible. I'll look at Thich Nhat Hahn's book on the Heart Sutra.Also, I've moved away from Bud...

  • Will Kastner

    Valuable for me to always be "Currently Reading" this edition of this sutra.Sept. 2012/Just re-read this again. Still fabulous....

  • Heidi The Reader

    The author breaks the Sutra down to a line by line analysis which doesn't make for exciting reading, but it is thorough. He gives detailed Buddhist history and translation notes which can be confusing...

  • Leanne

    Both this book and The Heart Attack Sutra by Brunnholzl are new translations and excellent expert commentary by life-long scholars of Buddhism--and more importantly translators. Both books have fantas...

  • Bradley

    Buddhism at its simplest (yet most paradoxical) is about no-mind, nothingness...form is void! ...

  • Aaron Wood

    Always reading this book...