The Heart of Understanding

Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh

Publisher: Parallax Press

ISBN: 1937006034

Category: Religion

Page: 60

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The heart of the Prajñaparamita Sutra is regarded as the essence of Buddhist teaching, offering subtle and profound teachings on non-duality and the letting go of all preconceived notions, opinions, and attachments, and so becoming open to all the wonders of our life. The Heart Sutra is recited daily in Mahayana temples and practice centers throughout the world. Thich Nhat Hanh’s translation and commentary are the fruit of the author’s more than sixty years of monastic study and practice. He describes the sutra as "a precious gift to us, the gift of fearlessness." Based on a historic lecture at the Green Gulch Zen Center, Muir Beach, California on April 19, 1987, this is one of the most simple, clear, concise, and understandable commentaries on this very important Buddhist sutra. In the Heart Sutra, the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara describes how to train in the perfection of wisdom by seeing through the illusory nature of all things. The Heart Sutra is Buddhism in a nutshell, containing only 632 characters in the traditional Chinese translation. Despite its brevity, it covers more of the Buddha’s teachings than any other scripture and has had the most profound and wide-reaching influence of any text in Buddhism. This revised edition celebrates the 20th anniversary of the initial release and features a new introduction by Peter Levitt and a new afterword by Thich Nhat Hanh. Edited by poet and Zen teacher Peter Levitt, author of Fingerpainting on the Moon.
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The Heart of Understanding

Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh

Publisher: Parallax Press

ISBN: 1888375922

Category: Religion

Page: 60

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Comprised of only 632 Chinese characters, the Heart Sutra is Buddhism in a nutshell. Despite its brevity, this powerful work covers more of the Buddha’s teachings than any other scripture, and its influence is more profound and wide-reaching than any other text in Buddhism. Thich Nhat Hanh’s translation and commentary is regarded as the most simple, clear, concise, and understandable available. He describes the sutra as “a precious gift to us, the gift of fearlessness," offering subtle and profound teachings on non-duality and the letting go of all preconceived notions, opinions, and attachments, thereby becoming open to all the wonders of our life. This completely revised edition celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first publication of a modern classic.
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The Heart of Understanding

Commentaries on the Prajñaparamita Heart Sutra

Author: Nhá̂t Hạnh (Thích.)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780938077114

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 54

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This text is regarded as the essence of Buddhist teaching, offering subtle and profound teachings on non-duality; the letting go of all preconceived notions, opinions, and attachments, and so become open to all the wonders of our life. This book features a translation and commentary by Thich Nhat Hanh.
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The Other Shore

A New Translation of the Heart Sutra with Commentaries

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh

Publisher: Parallax Press

ISBN: 1941529151

Category: Philosophy

Page: 196

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This new translation of the Buddha's most important, most studied teaching offers a radical new interpretation. In September, 2014 Thich Nhat Hanh completed a profound and beautiful new English translation of the Prajñaparamita Heart Sutra, one of the most important and well-known sutras in Buddhism. The Heart Sutra is recited daily in Mahayana temples and practice centers throughout the world. This new translation came about because Thich Nhat Hanh believes that the patriarch who originally compiled the Heart Sutra was not sufficiently skillful with his use of language to capture the intention of the Buddha's teachings—and has resulted in fundamental misunderstandings of the central tenets of Buddhism for almost 2,000 years. In The Other Shore: A New Translation of the Heart Sutra with Commentaries, Thich Nhat Hanh provides the new translation with commentaries based on his interpretation. Revealing the Buddha's original intention and insight makes clear what it means to transcend duality and pairs of opposites, such as birth and death, and to touch the ultimate reality and the wisdom of nondiscrimination. By helping to demystify the term "emptiness," the Heart Sutra is made more accessible and understandable. Prior to the publication of The Other Shore, Thich Nhat Hanh's translation and commentaries of the Heart Sutra, called The Heart of Understanding, sold more than 120,000 copies in various editions and is one of the most beloved commentaries of this critical teaching. This new book, The Other Shore, supersedes all prior translations.
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Awakening of the Heart

Essential Buddhist Sutras and Commentaries

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh

Publisher: Parallax Press

ISBN: 1937006115

Category: Religion

Page: 544

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A comprehensive, single volume collection of the Buddha's key sutras, translated with contemporary commentary by a Zen Master and prolific author, is an essential complement to Happiness: Essential Mindfulness Practices, a collection of meditation and mindful practices. Original.
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The Prophet and the Bodhisattva

Daniel Berrigan, Thich Nhat Hanh, and the Ethics of Peace and Justice

Author: Charles R. Strain

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630873322

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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Can religious individuals and communities learn from each other in ways that will lead them to collaborate in addressing the great ethical challenges of our time, including climate change and endless warfare? This is the central question underlying The Prophet and the Bodhisattva. It juxtaposes two figures emblematic of an ideal moral life: the prophet as it evolved in ancient Israel and the bodhisattva as it flowered in Mahayana Buddhism. In particular, The Prophet and the Bodhisattva focuses on Daniel Berrigan and Thich Nhat Hanh, who in their lives embody and in their writings reflect upon their respective moral type. Berrigan, a Jesuit priest, pacifist, and poet, is best known for burning draft files in 1968 and for hammering and pouring blood on a nuclear warhead in 1980. His extensive writings on the Hebrew prophets reflect his life of nonviolent activism. Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk, Vietnamese exile, and poet struggled to end the conflict during the Vietnam War. Since then he has led the global movement that he named Engaged Buddhism and has written many commentaries on Mahayana scriptures. For fifty years both have been teaching us how to pursue peace and justice, a legacy we can draw upon to build a social ethics for our time.
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Understanding Our Mind

51 Verses on Buddhist Psychology

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh

Publisher: Parallax Press

ISBN: 1935209965

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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A finalist for the 2001 Nautilus Award, Understanding Our Mind, is Thich Nhat Hanh’s profound look at Buddhist psychology with insights into how these ancient teachings apply to the modern world. Based on the fifty verses on the nature of consciousness taken from the great fifth-century Buddhist master Vasubandhu and the teachings of the Avatamsaka Sutra, Thich Nhat Hanh focuses on the direct experience of recognizing, embracing, and looking deeply into the nature of our feelings and perceptions. Presenting the basic teachings of Buddhist applied psychology, Understanding Our Mind shows us how our mind is like a field, where every kind of seed is planted—seeds of suffering, anger, happiness, and peace. The quality of our life depends on the quality of the seeds in our mind. If we know how to water seeds of joy and transform seeds of suffering, then understanding, love, and compassion will flower. Vietnamese Zen Master Thuong Chieu said, "When we understand how our mind works, the practice becomes easy."
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39 Microlectures

In Proximity of Performance

Author: Matthew Goulish

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134612397

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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'A series of accidents has brought you this book. You may think of it not as a book, but as a library, an elevator, an amateur performance in a nearby theatre. Open it to the table of contents. Turn to the page that sounds the most interesting to you. Read a sentence or two. Repeat the process. Read this book as a creative act, and feel encouraged.' 39 Microlectures: In Proximity of Performance is a collection of miniature stories, parables, musings and thinkpieces on the nature of reading, writing, art, collaboration, performance, life, death, the universe and everything. It is a unique and moving document for our times, full of curiosity and wonder, thoughtfulness and pain. Matthew Goulish, founder member of performance group Goat Island, meditates on these and other diverse themes, proving, along the way, that the boundaries between poetry and criticism, and between creativity and theory, are a lot less fixed than they may seem. The book is revelatory, solemn yet at times hilarious, and genuinely written to inspire - or perhaps provoke - creativity and thought.
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Comprehensive Commentary on the Heat Sutra, A

Author: Kuiji,Dan Lusthaus

Publisher: Bdk America

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 149

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The Hearth Sutra, a Buddhist classic and the most popular sutra in China, comprises only two hundred and sixty two words in the Chinese translation. However, it is said that the essence of the Prajnaparamita Sutra, and even the entire Mahayana teaching, is contained within it. The Heart Sutra concisely elucidates the philosophy of sunyata (emptiness), which teaches that not only the self (atman) but also all dharmas - the elements that make up our world - are empty and ultimately nonexistant. The fact that all things in the phenomenal world are constantly changing indicates that they are devoid of inherent self-nature (svabhava). The reason that they are without selfhood is because they arise in dependence on causes and conditions (pratityasamutpada). Insight into the empty nature of everything leads to the perfection of wisdom (prajnaparamita). This is the message the Heart Sutra is conveying. The soteriological significance of sunyata lies in the fact that with the realization of emptiness one is able to eradicate attachments to the supposed reality of the self and dharmas. As a result, on can undertake spiritual endeavors egolessly. This commentary can roughly be divided into two main parts. The first part expounds the meaning of the title, Prajnaparamitahrdaya-sutra, and goes on to describe the teachings and practice of the six perfections (paramitas of the bodhisattva. The second part begins with an explanation of the bodhisattva stages (Bhumis) and then gives a detailed elucidation of the text of the Heart Sutra, sentence by sentence. It first explains the meaning of practice by citing the five stages of practice as taught by the Yogacara school, the ten perfections (paramitas), the thirteen abodes, etc. It goes on to explain the meaning and negate the reality of the characteristics of dharmas (dharma-laksanas), such as the five skandhas, the twelve sense fields, the eighteen realms, and the Four Noble Truths. Finally, it expounds the religious significance of the perfection of wisdom.
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Elaborations on Emptiness - Uses of the Heart Sutra

Author: Donald S. Lopez

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691001883

Category: Religion

Page: 280

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Included here are full translations of the eight extant Indian commentaries. Interspersed with the translations are six essays that examine the unusual roles the Heart Sutra has played: it has been used as a mantra, an exorcism text, a tantric meditation guide, and as the material for comparative philosophy. Taken together, the translations and essays that form Elaborations on Emptiness demonstrate why commentary is as central to modern scholarship on Buddhism as it was for ancient Buddhists.
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