Enochian wrote:The base meaning of the sutras is :
Everything exists as thoughtforms (appearances) merely designated upon causes and conditions. This applies to yourself, the Buddhas, the causes and conditions themselves, and even the principle of causality itself.
That's true. And so is the fact that we are trapped by our delusions and need to work to free ourselves from them.
Enochian wrote:The true bottom line meaning has already been extracted by Madhyamaka.
Thus no need to read it........Study Madhyamaka instead.
We need to work with method and wisdom, according to the Buddha. And as the Heart Sutra contains much more than what you quote above, I will not limit myself to what you suggest is sufficient, but avail myself also of the instructions both implicit and hidden therein, and passed down to Arya Asangha by Maitreya. I am sure you will understand if I put more faith in my root lamas than you.