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The Heart Sutra Explained: Indian and Tibetan Comm
by Donald S. Lopez

ISBN: 9780887065903
PUBLISHER: State University of New York Press
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 230
PUBLICATION DATE: 15.11.1987
DIMENSIONS: 230mmX151mmX14mm 363grams

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Renowned for its terse declaration of the perfection of wisdom, the Heart Sutra is the most famous of Buddhist scriptures. The author draws on previously unexamined commentaries, preserved only in Tibetan, to investigate the meanings derived from and invested into the sutra during the later period of Indian Buddhism. The Heart Sutra Explained offers new insights on "form is emptiness, emptiness is form," on the mantra "gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha," and on the synthesis of Madhyamika, Yogacara, and tantric thought that characterized the final period of Buddhism in India. It also includes complete translations of two nineteenth century Tibetan commentaries demonstrating the selective appropriation of Indian sources.

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