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5.0 out of 5 stars
an arrow to the heart of perfection, 31 Aug. 2010
This book confirmed me as a devotee of the Heart Sutra. I particularly liked that the meaning of each Sanskrit word is discussed at length as are alternative versions of the sutra. Red Pine also goes into the history and background of the Sutra in the light of modern scholarship. I have now re-read the book several times and got new things out of it each time. My only criticism is that I would have liked the book to contain the Sanskrit written out in full with each line juxtaposed with his translation. I have instead had to piece it together myself. This does not stop me wanting to give this five stars.