Heart Sutra Package


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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.


heart sutra cards

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.



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



Suggested Additional Reading and Materials

Books on the Heart Sutra




Tibetan-English Dharma Vocabulary (V.V. Kalu Rinpoche)

This book offers to acquaint students with the vocabulary most often encountered in the Tibetan tradition of oral and written Dharma. The words are defined in terms of their Dharma context and many are given their Sanskrit equivalencies. Many line drawings. Two appendices: The Eight Auspicious Symbols and the Tibetan Alphabet and the Seven Elements of Tibetan Letter Combinations (written in U-chen and U-may plus phonetics)

An example of listings: Mind; The Buddha, the Four Noble Truths, and the Path; Right Mindfulness; the Six Consciousnesses; The Ten Universal Fetters; Practice; Vows; Degrees of Spiritual Realization. This is a veritable treasure trove of essential information. (Published originally in 1984)


Thunmi Gong Ter, Verb Dictionary

This book makes dealing with the Tibetan verb much easier as it has an index in which nearly every Tibetan verb form is found. This guides you to the main section of the book which lists all four forms of each verb with a definition in English and Tibetan. An indispensable book for reading classical Buddhist texts. Highly recommended.


Tibetan English Dictionary (H. A. Jaschke)

Although this is the second-oldest Tibetan-to-English dictionary, it still retains value. Each word is given in Tibetan script and in a transliteration system. Although Das' dictionary ransacked this dictionary for entries, it did not take everything. Thus, this remains an excellent complement to the Das dictionary.

"The very best way to go in terms of reference materials for translating Dharma is Tony Duff's Illuminator in conjunction with Erik Pema's Tibetan-English Dictionary of Buddhist Culture. I keep both of them open on my screen all the time along with Jaschke's A Tibetan English Dictionary in hardback near to hand. I don't think anyone serious about learning Tibetan would want to be without these excellent tools."-- David Curtis , President, Tibetan Language Institute

"If you want to learn classical Tibetan, you can do no better than to sit down and read A Tibetan-English Dictionary by H. A. Jaschke.... I do not think that any other scholar of Tibetan has ever equaled the linguistic insight exhibited in this dictionary."--Stephan V. Beyer, The Classical Tibetan Language


How to Read

How to Read Classical Tibetan: Summary of the General Path, Vol. I (Craig Preston)

Do you hope to read Classical Tibetan? If you know how to read the Tibetan u-chen script and can recognize words, How to Read Classical Tibetan will show you--at your own pace--all the relationships that make Tibetan easy to read. It is a complete language course built around the exposition of a famous Tibetan text on the Summary of the General Path to Buddhahood written at the beginning of the 15th century. Each chapter starts with a successive portion of the text, which is then analyzed grammatically and translated with comments. This is a particularly good format for self-study as it is like having a teacher explain the text in detail. For the advanced students, the author has included an additional text at the end of each chapter.

Because everything is always explained in every sentence, you will easily learn to recognize the recurrent patterns, making the transition from learning words to reading sentences much easier for you. As you study this book, you will learn to recognize the syntactic relationships you encounter, understand the meaning signified, and translate that meaning correctly into English.


Illuminator Tibetan-English Dictionary (TCC)

World's first properly-executed Tibetan-English dictionary. Many special features; full hypertext makes it like an encyclopedia; useful to people at all levels from beginners to experts. Contains: the most complete verb listings and explanations available anywhere; the complete Lishi'i.mgur.khang, a text on old and new terms from 1476; several Enumerations of Dharmas (Kawa Paltsheg, 8th century, Nagarjuna, various Tibetan authors; many terms and explanations of grammar not available elsewhere, especially from Situ's Great Commentary; many terms from Mahamudra and Maha-Ati; and many translations of texts with Tibetan. This is a professional product, produced from the ground up using Tibetan sources, scholars, etc. The package contains two full versions of the dictionary: one using Tibetan script directly and one using Wylie transliteration.

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