By Donald S. Lopez Jr.
The Heart Sutra is likely to be the main recognized Buddhist textual content, typically considered as a powerful expression of vacancy and of the Buddha's ideal knowledge. This short, probably easy paintings was once the topic of extra commentaries in Asia than the other sutra. In Elaborations on Emptiness, Donald Lopez explores for the 1st time the frilly philosophical and formality makes use of of the Heart Sutra in India, Tibet, and the West.
Included listed here are complete translations of the 8 extant Indian commentaries. Interspersed with the translations are six essays that research the weird roles the Heart Sutra has performed: it's been used as a mantra, an exorcism textual content, a tantric meditation consultant, and because the fabric for comparative philosophy. Taken jointly, the translations and essays that shape Elaborations on Emptiness exhibit why statement is as significant to fashionable scholarship on Buddhism because it was once for historical Buddhists. Lopez unearths unforeseen issues of instability and contradiction within the Heart Sutra, which, in any case, seems to be the main malleable of texts, the place the common sense of statement serves as a device of either culture and transgression.