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Elaborations on Emptiness

Uses of the Heart Sutra
Elaborations on Emptiness

Author(s) : Lopez, Donald S
Publishers Price : 28.95
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Availability : Available by special order
ISBN : 069100188X
EAN : 9780691001883
Cover : Paperback
Pages : 276
Size : 214 x 140mm
Publisher : Princeton Univ Press
Published : 1996
Category : Mahayana Buddhism: General
Category 2 : Western Study of Buddhism
Synopsis:
Lopez explores for the first time the elaborate philosophical and ritual uses of the Heart Sutra in India, Tibet and the West. Includes full translations of eight extant Indian commentaries along with essays which examine the unusual roles the Heart Sutra has played - as a mantra, exorcism text, tantric meditation guide and as material for comparative philosophy.

Contents include: Who Heard the Heart Sutra?; the Commentaries of Vimalamitra and Atisha; the Heart Sutra as Tantra; the Commentaries of Kamalashila and Srisimha; the Heart Sutra as Sadhana; the Commentaries of Jnanamitra and Prasastrasena; the Heart Sutra's Mantra; the Commentaries of Mahajana and Vajrapani; the Heart Sutra as Exorcism; and Commentaries Ancient and Postmodern.

"Elaborations on Emptiness is a superb achievement: It is by far the best and most complete treatment of the Heart Sutra in any Western language." Journal of Buddhist Ethics.
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