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Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra [Paperback]

Thich Nhat Hanh
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  • Paperback: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Parallax Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888375922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888375923
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.5 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Parallax Press has released a new series of compact discs featuring seminal Dharma talks by Thich Nhat Hanh. They feature digitally re-mastered versions of his classic talks and represent the main streams within his vast body of teachings. The Heart of the Prajnaparamita Sutra is regarded as the essence of Buddhist teaching. It is recited daily in Mahayana temples and practice centres throughout the world. This compact disc is a recording of Thich Nhat Hanh's lecture on the Heart Sutra at Green Gulch Farm in Muir Beach, California, on April 19th, 1987. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Buddhism often refers to 'emptiness' or of things being 'empty' and often buddhist teachers (at meditation classes I've attended) have said that it's something difficult to explain and have not really been able to offer me any advice as to what it really means.

Having previously read One City: A Declaration of Interdependence by Ethan Nichtern I was enchanted by the laws of interdependance he describes.

Now, completely unconnected, I've read Thich Nhat Hanh's commentaries on the Pranjaparamita Heart Sutra, and it enlivens what Ethan was describing in his book whilst at the same time clearly and succinctly explaining the meaning of emptiness and how this is so closely related to interdependance (or Inter-Being as Thich Nhat Hanh calls it) and attachment.

It may only by about 60 pages long, but the Heart Sutra is explained in steps and with clarity that exceeds that of all the other explanations I've found on the web. I think some of the Buddhist laypeople and teachers could do with reading this so they too could explain emptiness with ease.

Small and succint and worth every penny.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! 20 July 1998
By A Customer
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A reader with simply a casual curiousity about Buddhism stands to gain much from this work. It makes a wonderful "starter" for anyone seeking connectedness and contentment within themselves and the world around them.
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Thich Nhat Hanh speaks from the heart. He says only what is needed. He speaks in the most comprehensible way- a way I did not imagine was possible. He is obviously not trying to prove anything that is not known. Having been on a retreat with him, I know that he writes from experience. He does not believe what he writes; he lives it, through mindful living. This book could change the way you think and live- only for the better of all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best modern commentary on the Heart Sutra. 11 Nov 1998
By A Customer
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Thich Nhat Hanh successfully combines clarity of expression with poetic vision in his commentary on the Heart Sutra. Arguably the book spends a disproportionate amount of time on the first half of the sutra and rushes through the second half. Nevertheless, like the Heart Sutra itself, this book can change your life.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! 2 Nov 1998
By A Customer
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I still cannot believe that anyone was able to explain emptiness in such a beautiful fashion. I honestly cried with joy while I read this book. Please read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short guide to prajnaparamita 18 Aug 2011
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This is a good, short introduction to prajnaparamita (the buddhist practice of perfection of wisdom or understanding), based on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra, which is also quite short.

Basically, it focuses on the interconnectedness of all phenomena, as well as their intrinsic emptiness or lack of true nature or purpose.

This means that all phenomena come with a context, from which they can not be separated.

The book uses simple language and good examples.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most importnat books ever written 18 Feb 2006
By DelWij VINE VOICE
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Even if you don't read the whole of the book, simply reading the first page is enough to potentially induce a shift in your world view. I don't hold the buddhist world view in very high esteem in general and I have found from personal experience that the dogma and metaphysics of many buddhist schools can cause one to become pessimistic and even nihillistic. But this book simply cuts through all the chaff and confusion. With a voice of the most beautiful poet Nhat Hanh invites us to consider our place in the grand scheme of things and guides us gently to the understanding that we are interconnected with every other being in existence. Spirituality and ecology meet from the very first page with what can often be incerdibly penetrating insight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most importnat books ever written 18 Feb 2006
By DelWij VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Even if you don't read the whole of the book, simply reading the first page is enough to potentially induce a shift in your world view. I don't hold the buddhist world view in very high esteem in general and I have found from personal experience that the dogma and metaphysics of many buddhist schools can cause one to become pessimistic and even nihillistic. But this book simply cuts through all the chaff and confusion. With a voice of the most beautiful poet Nhat Hanh invites us to consider our place in the grand scheme of things and guides us gently to the understanding that we are interconnected with every other being in existence. Spirituality and ecology meet from the very first page with what for me was incerdibly penetrating insight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent demonstration of deep seeing and of 'emptiness'. Although quite old, continually relevant and extremely useful.I would recommend this highly.
Published 3 months ago by C A Humphrey
4.0 out of 5 stars Its all Heart
A great short book about the Heart sutra. Well written and well put together with clear explanations and some gentle moments. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tao
5.0 out of 5 stars A basic book explaining Buddhism principals
Interesting. I wanted to know what Buddhism was about, and this has given me enough information to want to know more. It is a small paperback.
Published 4 months ago by Lyn M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Having just read this, I believe it is a lovely, peaceful book. I have previously viewed interdependence as a fluffy philosophy that's nice but doesn't really have anything to say... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
A must-read for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. A wonderfully easy and concise explanation of a very complex subject. Read more
Published 6 months ago by sarahpegg
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple yet profound.
I received this wonderful teaching on a saturday morning and due to it's small size was able to read the whole book in short sessions by the evening. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kane Doughty
5.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom, delight, poetry
This engaging book can be read in a couple of hours, yet the wisdom contained happily encompasses life, the universe and everything. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jenny Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear
This can be quite a difficult text, especially for beginners. This book gives a clear and concise commentary. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. A. Parker Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars The Heart of understanding has reached my heart
I have been a buddhist for years and the wisdon sutras have always been very deep to me and did not seem to be connected with my everyday life. Read more
Published 20 months ago by clinton cox
4.0 out of 5 stars A missed point
A very interesting point of view of life and living except that the mind is considered to be an entity like the nose or the ears - show me your mind please. Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2009 by J. Glazer
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