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The Other Shore: A New Translation of the Heart Sutra with Commentaries Paperback – July 18, 2017
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Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most revered Zen teachers in the world today. His best-selling books include Be Free Where You Are and Peace of Mind. He lives in Plum Village in southwest France. Nhat Hanh has been teaching the art of mindful living for more than 70 years.
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Some parts have been rewritten for clarity (and consistency with the new translation.), they are sometimes reordered, and largely supplemented with new content. In the old edition, the second part (except the conclusion) of the sutra was reviewed very quickly, but now new chapters have appeared. The Heart Sutra invokes many Buddhist notions in its few lines, the author now explicates them all completely. The essence of his other book “The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching” is found on those specific subjects, but more synthetically than ever (with a bold new presentation to simplify the understanding of the twelve causal links).
Some have said that “this new translation of the Buddha’s most important, most studied teaching offers a radical new interpretation”. Fortunately, these remarks are largely exaggerated. The author has not changed his mind, and nothing contradicts the old version of the book. Quite simply, the new translation avoids the risk of some fundamental misunderstandings. In Thich Nhat Hanh’s translation and commentaries of the Diamond Sutra, called “The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion”, the author warns against the danger of attaching himself to the idea of being, or that of non-being. Even if his previous comments of the Heart Sutra already said otherwise, the new translation seeks to avoid falling into the trap of the idea of non-being. Anyway, the old translation is still proposed in the appendix.
The author spent his life improving his pedagogy to explain the essential concepts of Buddhism, and all this experience is found in this book. The new readers of Thich Nhat Hanh who are interested in an in-depth analysis of the principles of Buddhism will be able to begin with this book without fear of being mistaken, and those who own the old edition would also be interested to buy it if they wanted to read it again.