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Entering the Heart Sutra: An Introduction to Buddhist Teachings

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  • This is the fifth class of an 8 week course, meeting on Tuesday evenings (Nov. 22, 29, Dec. 6, 13, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24)

    It has been said:
    As a young student, Zen Ancestor, Tozan Ryokai, recited the Heart Sutra. Coming to where it says, 'There is no eye, ear, nose, tongue, body,or mind,' suddenly feeling his face, he asked his teacher, "I have eyes,ears, nose, tongue, and so forth; why does the sutra say there are none?"

    The Heart Sutra is one of the most widely recited sutras in Zen temples, and yet it contains many phrases which we, like Tozan Ryokai, may find baffling. In this class geared toward beginners, we will explore some of these statements and see how they invite us to practise. We will introduce the foundational Buddhist teachings which are summarized in the Heart Sutra. and discuss the Bodhisattva's way of practice as pointed to in the Sutra.

    There will be no formal text for the class other than the handouts provided. Although, students are encouraged to look at several commentaries available for the Heart Sutra. Here is a list of possible readings, The Heart Sutra, Translation and Commentary, Red Pine; Buddhist Wisdom, The Diamond Sutra and the Heart Sutra, Edward Conze; The Heart of Understanding, Thich Nhat Hanh; The Essence of the Heart Sutra, H.H. the Dalai Lama;and Wisdom Beyond Words, Sangharakshita.

    There is no cost for the class, but a donation to cover the costs of the photocopies would be appreciated. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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  • Kuden Paul B.
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    Kuden began practising Zen in the early 1990s. His Zen training took place primarily at the... more

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