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About the Author: Thich Nhat Hanh

Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist who now lives in southwest France where he was in exile for many years. Born Nguyễn Xuân Bảo, Thích Nhất Hạnh joined a Zen (Vietnamese: Thiền) monastery at the age of 16, and studied Buddhism as a novitiate. Upon his ordination as a monk in 1949, he assumed the Dharma name Thích Nhất Hạnh. Thích is an honorary family name used by all Vietnamese monks and nuns, meaning that they are part of the Shakya (Shakyamuni Buddha) clan. He is often considered the most influential living figure in the lineage of Lâm Tế (Vietnamese Rinzai) Thiền, and perhaps also in Zen Buddhism as a whole.


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A New Translation Of The Heart Sutra With Commentaries by

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Paperback, Published in Feb 2017 by Parallax Press

ISBN10: 1941529143 | ISBN13: 9781941529140

Page count: 96

In this new edition of The Heart of Understanding, venerable Thich Nhat Hanh offers a completely new translation of the Prajñaparamita Sutra, regarded as the essence of Buddhist teaching. The ancient sutra is given a contemporary treatment, offering subtle and profound teachings on non-duality and the letting go of all preconceived notions so that one remains open to all the wonders of life. The commentary is one of the most simple, clear, concise, and understandable treatments of this very important Buddhist sutra and has not changed in this new edition.

The Heart Sutra is recited daily in Mahayana temples and practice centers throughout the world. Thich Nhat Hanh’s translation and commentary are the fruit of the author’s more than sixty years of monastic study and practice. He describes the sutra as “a precious gift to us, the gift of fearlessness.”

In this new translation, Nhat Hanh reinterprets the most misunderstood of the Buddha's teachings. Instead of the usual formulation of the sutra: “in emptiness there is no form, feelings, perceptions, mental formations, or consciousness,” Nhat Hanh says what the Buddha really meant is that, “in emptiness, form, feelings, and so on, are not separate self entities.” Emptiness of self doesn’t mean the nonbeing of self, just as the emptiness of all phenomena doesn’t mean the nonexistence of phenomena. All phenomena are products of interdependent co-arising; this is the main point of the prajñaparamita teaching. A flower is made only of non-flower elements, so we can say that the flower is empty of a separate existence. But that doesn't mean that the flower is not there.

The Heart Sutra is Buddhism in a nutshell, containing only 632 characters in the traditional Chinese translation. Despite its brevity, it covers more of the Buddha’s teachings than any other scripture and has had the most profound and wide-reaching influence of any text in Buddhism.

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