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Mar 01, 2016 | ISBN 9781611803129

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“Kazuaki Tanahashi’s Heart Sutra: A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism delivers exactly what its subtitle promises—and much more. Most books on the sutra provide expositions of the by now well-known emptiness teachings (however much those teachings continue to resist our understanding). But such exposition, though lucidly present here, is the least of what this book offers. In addition, it traces the history of the text, its translation, and its dissemination throughout Asia and the West in ancient and modern times, and it includes a discussion of important and ground-breaking contemporary scholarship. It includes a biography of Xuanzhang, the sutra’s most famous Chinese translator, who famously journeyed to India to find it, as well as the recounting of a contemporary pilgrimage to a Korean monastery to see the oldest existing woodblock prints of the text. Its longest section is a line-by-line comparison of versions of the text in English and several Asian languages, full of useful nuance. In short, this astonishing work of loving scholarship, written with Kaz’s usual deft touch, is a must-have for any serious Dharma student.”
—Zoketsu Norman Fischer, poet and Zen priest, author of Escape This Crazy Life of Tears and Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong

“For all who love the Dharma, Kaz’s study of the Heart Sutra is a true boon—it serves us as introduction, history, toolbox, and treasure chest of teachings. It reads as a love story, a detective story, and yet it is a stunning scholarly resource. As inspiration, as reference, as deep study, this work is unsurpassable!”
—Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, author of Most Intimate: A Zen Approach to Life’s Challenges

Table Of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Notes to the Reader

I. The Heart Sutra Here and Now
    A New Translation
    Encountering the Enigma
    Inspiration of the Sutra

II. Story of the Sutra
    Pilgrimage to the West
    A Tiny Text by a Giant Translator
    Talisman of Talismans
    In Print for One Thousand Years
    Ancient Tower Resurrected

III. Modern Scholarship
    The Earliest Mahayana Scripture
Prajna Paramita as the Basis for the Heart Sutra
Versions of the Chinese Heart Sutra
    Versions of the Hridaya

IV. Most Recent Scholarship
    A Chinese Apocryphal Text?
    Thoughts on the Apocrypha Theory
    Roles of Ancient Chinese Translators
    Emergence and Expansion of the Heart Sutra

V. Globalizing the Sutra
Chinese Enthusiasm
Pan Asian Experience
Japanese Interpretations
Rituals in the Western World
Scientific Thinking

VI. Terms and Concepts

Comparative Texts
    Preceding Texts
    Shorter Texts
    Longer Texts
Identical Expressions in the Chinese Texts
    Names in Ideography
    List of Illustrations
    Index of Names
    Index of Terms

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