Prajna Paramita (Tibetan: Yum Chenmo)

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Heart Sutra Translation Workbook (2nd Edition)

This text workbook allows the student to get to what HH the Dalai Lama calls  "the essence of the essence of Buddhism." Re-edited to include English translation, workbook, interlinear translation pages, reading in Tibetan practice pages, line-by-line glossary, and helpful appendices.

Heart Sutra Flashcards are designed to go with this workbook.


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Heart Sutra Flashcards

Tibetan Buddhist vocabulary including nearly 200 words from the Heart Sutra. The terms are arranged to follow the glossary section of the new edition of the Heart Sutra Translation Workbook (above).

These cards make it easy to learn important terms as you progress through the text. See example card.


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Essence of the Heart Sutra (HH Dalai Lama XIV, trans. Geshe Thupten Jinpa)

The Heart Sutra contains Buddhism's most direct, most succinct teaching about the true nature of our own being and of all reality. These subtle and easily misunderstood teachings lie at the very heart of all Buddhist wisdom, and a thorough understanding of them is essential for attaining what the Dalai Lama calls "an unmistaken view of reality"--a view that brings about true liberation from the source of all suffering. These teachings unfold through a series of increasingly subtle presentations, carefully building one atop another, in lucid language that will appeal both to readers with a great deal of familiarity with Buddhism and those with none at all.


Profound Wisdom of The Heart Sutra and Other Teachings (Bokar Rinpoche and Khenpo Donyo)

The Heart Sutra is one of the most famous texts of Buddhism. Here the historical Shakyamuni Buddha, the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara and Shariputra (one of the foremost disciples of the Buddha) together with the Prajnaparamita (the Mother of all the Buddhas) reveal the wisdom that views phenomena as they are. Commenting on this major Mahayana sutra, Bokar Rinpoche gently brings us to approach inner and outer phenomena with wisdom, love, and compassion. He takes the phenomenon of anger to exemplify his teachings. Khenpo Donyo instructs us on karma, showing that suffering and happiness depend on how we feel, think, talk, and act.

"Although this ultimate reality can be apprehended neither from the outside by means of conceptual representation nor transmitted to another, it can however be experienced from the inside. It will arise and appear in the mind." Bokar Rinpoche


Heart Sutra: An Oral Teaching (Geshe Sonam Rinchen,  trans. and ed. Ruth Sonam) 

Understanding the nature of reality is the key to liberation. The Buddha's teachings on emptiness can lead us to this understanding--and the Heart Sutra, the most concise of the Perfection of Wisdom sutras, contains the essence of these teachings. This short gem of a book shows how distorted perceptions and disturbing emotions arising from our misunderstanding of reality can be completely uprooted, resulting in freedom from suffering. The author's long experience in teaching Western students at the Dalai Lama's Library of Tibetan Works and Archives makes The Heart Sutra an ideal introduction for Westerners to this important subject.

Contains the root text in English and Tibetan. Extensive notes. Contents include chapters entitled: The Perfection of Wisdom Sutras; The Heart Sutra; The Prologue; The Question; Form is Empty; The Eight Aspects;  No Conventional Phenomena; the Mantra; and Conclusion and Colophon.


The Heart Sutra Explained: Indian and Tibetan Commentaries  (Donald Lopez, Jr.)

Offers new insights on this sutra and on the synthesis of Madhyamika, Yogacara, and Tantric thought that characterized the final period of Buddhism in India. It includes complete translations of two nineteenth-century Tibetan commentaries: Stan dar lha ram pa's Commentary on the Heart Sutra, Jewel Light Illuminating the Meaning, and Gung thang dKon mchog Stan pa'i sgron me's An Explanation of the Heart Sutra Mantra, Illuminating the Hidden Meaning.

"It makes a major contribution to Buddhist studies in a manner that is both scholarly and readable." -Anne C. Klein, Rice University.


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