on 1 August 2015
One of the best introductions to the complexities of the 'Heart Sutra.' After reading the detailed 3 volume set of 'Gone Beyond' & 'Groundless Paths' which is a detailed analysis of the Perfection of wisdom sutra traditions, of the Kagu and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism. I wanted to read this book too, on the better known 'Heart Sutra.' I was delighted to find a manageable introduction to the whole topic of these important teachings within Buddhism. This book is also a very good commentary on the sutra itself. This will be of use to the general reader interested in this aspect of Buddhist philosophy, and the more experienced Buddhist reader alike.
on 11 January 2014
Bought this because of the glowing reviews on American Amazon.
It was pretty good; a lighthearted(!) introduction to Buddhism with a few philosophical gleanings on top.
It was accessible and did not misconstrue or oversimplify things (although it remained very simple throughout).
All in all it was a good book, although by no means a "revolution" compared to previous books that aim to introduce Buddhism to the reader.