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The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra Paperback – November 9, 2005
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This would be a good book for newcomers to Buddhism who hear about emptiness and hairs stand up on the back of their neck. A gentle and skilful introduction to profundity.
A must read for anyone with an interest in emptiness as applied in our conventional world.
I'm a Japanese who was born to a Zen Buddhist family.
Although I naturally memorised the Heart Sutra growing up listening to it being recited by monks often, I'd never really understood what it meant.
I've read several commentaries on this sutra (by Japanese monks and nuns)but none of them helped me. Some didn't make sense, others left me pessimistic. Let alone allowing me to adapt the teaching to my real life.
Now, with this Thich Nhat Hanh's little book, I finally got the "A-ha!" moment.
The Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra is not an enigma any more to me because this fantastic teacher explained it in the warmest way possible.
I will recommend this book to anyone who has been questioning the significance of this sutra (or even Buddhism generally).
One more thing...
Thich Nhat Hanh's approach towards Buddhism wouldn't give any atheist a yuk. It's got nothing to do with supernatural power or anything, like some denominations' do.
Thich Nhat Hanh understands the Sutra inside and out. The sutra can be cryptic and times, but Thich Nhat Hanh patiently works his way through each section, allowing the reader to really get the whole picture.
I definitely recommend this book to any Buddhist, new or veteran, as (re-)discovering the Heart Sutra is a great step on the Buddhist path.
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This is a marvelous text which with simple but direct language explains some of the most baffling riddles of Buddhism: "form is emptiness, emptiness is form. ... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nick Nicholas, MSW
Sometimes we know we won't read another book right now because we have so many unread ones already...this was a great way to listen to an amazing and beautiful message...Published 1 month ago by Debra
If you are vaguely familiar with the concepts of buddhism, and want to really dive into the body of scripture, this is a great start. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Thich Nhat Hanh has been a gift to the planet and his words and insights are so helpful in assisting us in moving toward a centered peacePublished 5 months ago by marla m.