This completely new presentation by the author of Modern Buddhism offers truly liberating insights and advice for the contemporary reader. It reveals the profound meaning of the very heart of Buddha’s teachings - the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras.
The author shows how all our problems and suffering come from our ignorance of the ultimate nature of things, and how we can abandon this ignorance and come to enjoy pure, lasting happiness by developing a special wisdom associated with compassion for all living beings.
Well written and easy to understand bookReview by leigh
Having read the original version I was suprised how different this book was. The presentation of emptiness seems much clearer and easier to understand than the original. Also it seems to much more geared towards being a practical guide rather than a set of intellectual exercises. (Posted on 22/07/2012)
What a gift!Review by Andrew
I've just recently gotten my hands on the hardback edition of this book, and am enjoying it thoroughly. It's based on the Heart Sutra, one of the most hauntingly beautiful of Buddha's teachings, but brings out all kinds of hidden and wonderful teachings from the text. The main teaching on emptiness has been thoroughly re-written, and it feels like the text naturally guides you into meditation. Even people who've never read or heard any of these teachings before will find that the meaning is made very clear. After presenting the teachings on emptiness, Geshe Kelsang shows how all the other main teachings and meditations given by Buddha are hidden in the Heart Sutra. Even the appendix is full of all kinds of wisdom-gems. I would recommend this book to anyone; new people will find a complete and straightforward presentation of how to find happiness and inner peace, and those who are familiar with the teachings will find especially clear answers to all of their questions about the profound subject of emptiness. (Posted on 13/07/2012)
improving on perfection?Review by alex mclaren
I've known and loved the previous edition for many years. now, the author has achieved something i honestly thought impossible: The New Heart of Wisdom is even *more* accessible. clear and practical than the previous edition! i don't think there's any more qualified or authoritative work on this profound subject available anywhere: if you want to know reality, and how to find real peace and wisdom in your life. you need this book. (Posted on 13/07/2012)
Highly recommended Review by Deborah
I've waited for a book like this to come out for years; since I first heard of the Heart Sutra and wanted to understand it's meaning. Very easy to read, the author explains Buddha's most profound teachings clearly and in simple, modern terms and uses practical examples to illustrate difficult points. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in a spiritual path. (Posted on 13/07/2012)
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