The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Diamond Sutra Paperback – 15 Apr 1993
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The Diamond Sutra was written over 1,500 years ago, and Thich NhatHanh's lively and penetrating commentaries show readers how they can applythese ancient Buddhist teachings to contemporary life. Text and commentaryexplain in detail how to cut through the dualistic, left-and-right-handed wayof looking at the world to one that brings us into contact with a deeper, widerreality of interbeing. The fruits of the Diamond Sutra include moreharmonious relationships with the family, in the community, in personalrelationships, and an ability to act in the world skillfully and effectively.
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I think Thich Nhat Hanh makes a great effort in teaching such a challenging text, and having worked my way through this book a couple times, I have found the Diamond Sutra to be one of my most favorite sutras in Buddhism. Hopefully you will too.
Thich presents the 32 parts of the Sutra in the first 25 pages of the book and uses the remainder to repeat and provide commentary on each part. Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist Monk who has spent a significant amount of time studying the Sutra. It is not an easy thing for a non-Buddhist layman to understand and buy into without serious study and contemplation.
The belief in this doctrine is that life, self, and things are not what they seem to be. The author states that "we must go beyond words and our concepts of reality to be in touch with the true nature of things."
This was not my favorite book by this author, but it was thought provoking and I do have a basic understanding of the doctrine after reading this book. I recommend it for open minded thinkers in search of virtue and happiness.
This modern day Vietnamese Zen master opens the Diamond Sutra with his own diamond sharp insight. Besides Zen Keys, I think this is his most "Zen" like book. His commentary stays focused on the message of this Classic Prajna Paramita Sutra.
This is the Sutra that the legendary Sixth Ancestor of Zen, Hui-neng, recommended to everyone that wanted to awaken to the highest truths of Buddhism. Thich Nhat Hanh shows us that he is a true Dragon of Zen with his gentle, yet direct treatment of this classic text. If you want to get to the blood and guts of the Diamond Sutra, this is a great guide.