Heart Sutra Study

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Re: Heart Sutra Study

Postby ground » Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:39 am

That was just a "caution statement" which may be helpful to keep in mind. The commentaries are not the commented.

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Re: Heart Sutra Study

Postby ground » Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:58 am

In the tibetan tradition there often occurs that first there is a commentary, then this commentary is commented on, and then that commentary and then ...
As if they wanted to display the proliferation of thought for the records.

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Re: Heart Sutra Study

Postby Su DongPo » Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:04 am

TMingyur wrote:In the tibetan tradition there often occurs that first there is a commentary, then this commentary is commented on, and then that commentary and then ...


I am sure this is the case with all axial texts. There are more than 50 extant English translations of the Dhammpada, for example, and then there are source texts in several languages, translations in heaven knows how many other languages, collections of stories on each of the verses, and library stacks of commentaries from centuries past till the present. My method of study is to gather as much of this background material as possible, select what seems to be the best of it, go at it for a while -- and all the while reading the text -- and keep it up, until as you say, exhaustion sets in.
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Re: Heart Sutra Study

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:50 pm

Basically, there is not even one buddha, only great wisdom. Bodhisattva Hsuan Hua


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