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Description - Elaborations on Emptiness by Donald S. Lopez

"The Heart Sutra" is one of the most famous Buddhist texts, traditionally regarded as a potent expression of emptiness and of Buddha's perfect wisdom. This book explores the elaborate philosophical and ritual uses of "The Heart Sutra" in India, Tibet and the West. It includes full translations of the eight extant Indian commentaries, and translations of six essays that examine the unusual roles that "The Heart Sutra" has played - as a mantra, an exorcism text, a tantric meditation guide and material for comparative philosophy. The translations, taken together, demonstrate why commentary is as central to modern scholars on Buddhism as it was for Buddhists in ancient times.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691001883
ISBN-10: 069100188X
Format: Paperback
(254mm x 197mm x mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 19-Oct-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Donald S. Lopez

Donald S. Lopez, Jr., is Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan. He is the editor of Princeton Readings in Religions, which includes Religions of China in Practice, Buddhism in Practice, Religions of India in Practice, and Religions of Tibet in Practice.

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