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Summary

For more than 2,000 years, the Heart Sutra has been part of the daily life of millions of Buddhists. This concise text, so rich and laden with meaning, concentrates the very heart of Buddhism into a powerful and evocative teaching on the interdependence of all reality.

In Essence of the Heart Sutra, the Dalai Lama masterfully unpacks the Heart Sutra so that any listener can benefit from its teachings - teachings meant to help us release ourselves from suffering and live with true compassion.

Comprised of his "Heart of Wisdom" talks originally delivered to thousands of listeners in 2001, the book offers the Dalai Lama's commentary as well as his easy-to-follow overview of Buddhist philosophy that places the sutra within its historical and philosophical context.

With additional contributions by scholar and translator Thupten Jinpa, Essence of the Heart Sutra is the authoritative presentation of a text seminal to the world's religious heritage.

©2005 Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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A novice like me struggled to understand...

Good book, but at times I struggled to understand concepts. Perhaps this was due to the narration or perhaps down to me & my levels of concentration

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Wonderful

Really enjoyed the narration and found the listening very comfortable. Obviously the content is excellent from the Dalai Lama

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I loved it!

Profound and insightful commentary by HH Dalai Lama.
Beautifully narrated in Gabra's clear voice.
I couldn't put it down. Will listen again and again.
I highly recommend this audiobook.

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  • Margaret E. Langston
  • 25-07-16

Precious teachings!

The most accessible overview of the Mahayana path and the doctrine of emptiness I've received to date. I use the term "accessible" in a relative sense; this teaching is not for the casual reader.

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  • Floss Aggrey
  • 28-11-17

Insightful

This book (emptiness really) has provided added perspective for me personally into ever day events

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  • SEED7ROBI
  • 14-02-18

Exactly what I needed this is because that is!

I loved it I loved hearing the Dalai Lama's views and thoughts. As they they pertain to the current state of today's needed information that is current and up-to-date. As well the practices that are feasible for use in every practitioners path. beginner or skilled. As it's my 5th time listening to this! I'll listen to it many many more times. With Each new listening. Absorbing something new within Each In Breath and Each Out Breath. AS ONE .🙏 OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI ONENESS LOVE AND RESPECT.🙏 TO ALL.😇

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  • Richards
  • 19-01-17

Compelling with a few dry moments

The Dalai Lama is a great teacher and a wealth of knowledge. Keeping in tone with his usual writing style the Dalai Lama share a lot of history and supporting information in this book. I personally get lost in the information and usually have to restart chapters to capture any missed information.

This may book should also be read because it is informative like a school textbook.

The Narrator Gabra Zackman did an excellent job of accomplishing the difficult task of pronouncing all the names of the ancient Buddhist teachers and their language.