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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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  • 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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  • 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.

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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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  • Mea
  • 28-11-17

Insightful

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

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  • P. J. King
  • 24-11-20

Helpful!

The Dalai Lama explicated the Heart Sutra. I chant it every day — this made my practice more meaningful. Gassho!

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  • Margaret C. Turnbull
  • 08-11-19

Precious teaching, requires concentration.

In the hands of this expressionless reader, the incredibly profound gift of the Heart Sutra and the Dalai Lama's explanations actually comes across as boring(!?) -- which is a serious obstacle for me in actually hearing the teaching (and I think something of a disservice to the preciousness of this book). I wondered if this is just an issue with non-Buddhist readers trying to adopt a tone that they think matches the topic (as if "emptiness" is best portrayed by taking an attitude of completely humorless detachment, or something). But emptiness gives rise to endless potential for expression! The Dalai Lama has been so courageous and generous in helping Westerners to understand their minds. I wish I could more clearly hear that spirit in this reading -- but on the other hand I suppose it's a good exercise for me in the practice of listening beyond form!

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  • Tony III
  • 02-01-19

Exactly what I needed

Relaxing and meditative. Wisdom beyond simple wisdom. Something to visit again and again. OM AH HUM

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  • Chris
  • 14-04-21

Enlightened, and Enjoyable

while the texts were probably a little over the head of most people just starting out on the Buddhist path, I don't think it would do anyone any harm to listen to this book.

some of the concepts were quite advanced.

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  • Frank
  • 04-03-21

Incredible Perspective on the Heart Sutra

As is to be expected, His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the forefront authority when it comes to all things Buddhist. I have personally delved so much deeper into the meaning of the Heart Sutra following this audiobook and have deepened my practice substantially. The narrator does a great job, albeit a tad monotone, but this is not easy material for somebody to read without a knowledge of Sanskrit and Tibetan terms (or a great pronunciation guide lol) but she does a great job nonetheless.

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  • Tom
  • 25-02-21

A Little Technical for the non-Student

Since this is an effort to parse the rather complicated structure of the Buddhist Belief System, it is understandably complicated. As my interest and attraction to Buddhism is fairly superficial, I can’t say that I made too much of an effort to follow some of the intricate descriptions of the divisions and levels of the system discussed.

I was intrigued, though, by so many similarities between the teachings of the Sutra and the concepts like Form and Substance discussed by the Early Greek and Roman Philosophers half a World away. True understanding of The Heart Sutra is the work of a lifetime of study but this book was an interesting introduction.

I found the narration a little too fast and had to slow her down to .9X to be able to follow some of the sections, however.

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  • Mr L.
  • 02-01-18

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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  • SJRod
  • 14-07-17

Wonderful

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

Recommend

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  • Keka
  • 06-04-17

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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  • Joe
  • 17-12-20

Perfect book on the ultimate nature of reality

Excellent explanation with great clarity on - the Heart Sutra - the heart of Buddha's teachings on the wisdom that realizes the ultimate nature of reality.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-10-19

Priceless .

A beauty beyond beautiful no words can quite say it , perhaps a treasure ....... Thank you .

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  • Shannon
  • 27-02-17

Profound wisdom.

Essential listening for anyone trying to follow the path. Something to listen to again and again.