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The Other Shore

A New Translation of the Heart Sutra with Commentaries
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Parallax Press
 | 
April, 2017
ISBN:
9781941529140
Quantity: 
4
$19.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

In 2014 Thich Nhat Hanh completed a profound and beautiful new English translation of the Prajñaparamita Heart Sutra, one of the most important and well-known sutras in Buddhism. The Heart Sutra is Buddhism in a nutshell, containing only 632 characters in the traditional Chinese translation. It is recited daily in Mahayana temples and practice centers throughout the world. This new translation came about because Thich Nhat Hanh believes that whoever originally compiled the Heart Sutra was not sufficiently skillful with his use of language to capture the intention of the Buddha's teachings—and has resulted in fundamental misunderstandings of the central tenets of Buddhism for almost 2,000 years.

 In The Other Shore: A New Translation of the Heart Sutra with Commentaries, Thich Nhat Hanh provides the new translation with commentaries based on his interpretation. Revealing the Buddha's original intention and insight makes clear what it means to transcend duality and pairs of opposites, such as birth and death, and to touch the ultimate reality and the wisdom of nondiscrimination. Thay offers 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.

All phenomena are products of interdependent co-arising; this is the main point of the prajaparamita teaching.

Thich Nhat Hanh's translation and commentary are the fruit of his more than sixty years of monastic study and practice. He describes the sutra as “a precious gift to us, the gift of fearlessness.” An earlier translation was published as The Heart of Understanding.

The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here either. So we can say that the cloud and the paper inter-are…

 

“To be” is to inter-be. You cannot just be by yourself alone. You have to inter-be with every other thing. This sheet of paper is, because everything else is... Without “non-paper elements,” like mind, logger, sunshine and so on, there will be no paper. As thin as this sheet of paper is, it contains everything in the universe in it.

“Exquisite teaching... as sweet and simple and powerful as it gets. Strongly recommended to one and all.” —Inquiring Mind

Publisher’s Description: 

In this new edition of The Heart of Understanding, venerable Thich Nhat Hanh offers a completely new translation of the Prajaparamita 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 changedin 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 prajaparamita 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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