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Diamond Sutra Explained Paperback – January 27, 2005
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Master Nan is considered one of the greatest contemporary spiritual Masters. Born in China in 1917, Master Nan attained profound understanding of the Dharma in his twenties, a feat verified by several Ch'an and esoteric Buddhist Masters. He is the author of over 40 books that together have sold over 20 million copies in Chinese-speaking countries alone. Several of his books have already been translated into English and other languages. He is considered a foremost expert in Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and classic Chinese philosophy and history. Master Nan however is no scholar, and living in Hong Kong, he spends most of his time teaching informally to his students and participating actively in the rebuilding of culture in China. This work was translated by Hue En (Pia Giammasi), a long-time student of Master Nan. Hue En has used an informal and personable style that attempts to capture the beauty and the cadence of the original teaching material.
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Vincent Cheok Hong Chuan
As for Master Nan himself, he is simply the greatest living authority on Buddhism. It may seem that this is a big claim, since he is relatively little known in the West. However, to anyone who has read his books, this statement will not surprise them in the slightest. There are simply no other authors qualified to speak with such depth of understanding. I am unaware of any other living cultivators who have actually walked the stages of the path so far, or attained the fruits of it as he has. No one can speak so easily on the most profound or the most practical aspects, or draw upon the entire teachings of Buddhism, quoting sutras left and right with such ease, and with such clarity of purpose, as Master Nan can. In fact, there are many Buddhists who have studied a great deal, and still have difficulty even grasping the easier things he teaches.
Fortunately, this commentary on the Diamond Sutra is less rigorous than some of his other teachings, and is eminently accessible for western readers. There is not a single better book available on the Diamond Sutra than this. It really does have it all: the best translation from Kumarajiva's original, the 32 chapter divisions of Prince Zhaoming, the 32 gathas of Master Nan, and a wonderfully deep explanation filled with profound and practical insights as well as fascinating stories. I highly recommend this book for anyone, as I believe that it is a veritable treasure chest with a great deal to offer any reader. You could buy hundreds of books on Buddhism, and this book would still be among the very, very best.