Finding the Heart Sutra

Finding the Heart Sutra Guided by a Magician, an Art Collector and Buddhist Sages from Tibet to Japan

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Synopsis

The material world is itself emptiness.
Emptiness is itself the material world.

Powerful, mystical and concise, the Heart Sutra is believed to contain the condensed essence of all Buddhist wisdom. This brief poem on emptiness has exerted immense influence throughout Asia since the seventh century and is woven into the fabric of daily life. Yet even though it rivals the teachings of Laozi and Confucius in importance, this ancient Buddhist scripture remains barely known in the West.

During the many years he has spent living in Japan, Alex Kerr has been on a quest after the secrets of the Heart Sutra. Travelling from Japan, Korea, and China, to India, Mongolia, Tibet and Vietnam, this book brings together Buddhist teaching, talks with friends and mentors, and acute cultural insights to probe the universe of thought contained within this short but intense philosophical work.

'Marvellous ... a life's work ... a brilliant literary form, weaving reflections of the sutra with those on Alex's own magical mystery tour' Alexandra Munroe, Asian Art scholar and curator

Book information

ISBN: 9780241468456
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Allen Lane
Pub date:
DEWEY: 294.385
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 412g
Height: 147mm
Width: 223mm
Spine width: 34mm