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The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra (edition 2009)

by Thich Nhat Hanh

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Title:The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra
Authors:Thich Nhat Hanh
Info:Parallax Press (2009), Edition: 20th Anniversary Edition, Paperback, 60 pages
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The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra by Thich Nhat Hanh



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read in one day. not bad
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  JhonnSch | Nov 8, 2016 |
Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist Zen master from Vietnam who hosts retreats and lectures on Buddhism across the world. This short book features a translation of and commentary on The Heart of the Prajnaparamita Sutra, an import work in Buddhist thought. The key idea is the interbeing of everything. For example, without the clouds, there would be no rain; without rain, trees would not grow; without trees, paper could not be made; and without paper, this book couldn’t be written. Nothing ever ceases to exist, it just changes form. Once we accept the interbeing of all things, we eliminate fear, particularly the fear of death.

I first read this book for a philosophy class in college, and I liked it enough to keep it. At only 54 pages, it’s perfect to read in one sitting and gives you a lot to think about. The author explains difficult concepts in a clear manner, most of the time. This is the type of book that you can come back to many times throughout your life and find something different in it each time.
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  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
Accessible commentary on a key early Mahayana text from the difficult Perfection of Wisdom literature. A good place to start when approaching this short but important text.
  JamesBlake | Jun 15, 2010 |
Very clear & concise for those that may be intimidated or lost from reading other texts. It's inspiring and will be a big help when looking to read similar books. ( )
  ToneM | Nov 17, 2009 |
"Recording of Thich Nhat Hanh's lecture on the Heart Sutra at Green Gulch Farm in Muir Beach, California, on April 19, 1987."
This is not an abridgment of TNH's book of the same name, but rather a teaching given by Thay in 1987 at Green Gulch. As such, it complements the book and provides depth in understanding the Heart Sutra. Thich Nhat Hanh explains dependent arising and emptiness in terms of "Interbeing". ( )
  bodhisattva | Dec 12, 2007 |
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Form is emptiness, emptiness is form. In The Heart of Understanding, Thich Nhat Hanh offers a lucid and engaging interpretation of this core Buddhist text—The Heart Sutra—which is one of the most important sutras, offering subtle and profound teachings on nonduality.

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