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The Heart Sutra

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August 9, 2005 | Paperback |  5 x 6.7, 208 Pages | ISBN 9781593760823
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“[A] meticulous line-by-line interpretation that will radically deepen readers’ understanding of not only the sutra but also Buddhism’s underlying structure, Abhidharma, or the Matrix of Reality." —Booklist

The Heart Sutra is Buddhism in a nutshell. It has had the most profound and wide-reaching influence of any text in Buddhism. This short text covers more of the Buddha’s teachings than any other scripture, and it does so without being superficial or hurried. Although the original author is unknown, he was clearly someone with a deep realization of the Dharma.

For this new English translation, 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. Divided into four parts and broken into thirty-five lines to make it easier to study or chant, and containing a glossary of names, terms, and texts, The Heart Sutra is a wise book of deep teaching destined to become the standard edition of this timeless statement of Mahayana truth.

About Red Pine

RED PINE [Bill Porter] was born in Los Angeles in 1943, grew up in Northern Idaho, and lived many years in China. His published translations include the complete poems of Han-shan, Shih-te, and Feng-kan, as well as the works of Shih-wu, Sung Po-jen (winner of a PEN Center USA West translation prize), and Lao-tzu (finalist for the same award). He resides in Port Townsend, Washington.

Praise

“[A] meticulous line-by-line interpretation that will radically deepen readers’ understanding of not only the sutra but also Buddhism’s underlying structure, Abhidharma, or the Matrix of Reality… Red Pine then proceeds to explicate the Heart Sutra in its concentrated entirety, including its most cited pronouncement, ‘form is emptiness, emptiness is form,’ a feat that will engage and enlighten every serious student of the Dharma.” —Booklist

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