The Heart Sutra and Beyond
A Translation of The Heart Sutra with Commentary
“Buddhist teachings maintain that there is no creator. Instead, they introduce the theory of dependent origination (yuán-qǐ, 緣起) to explain that things and events arise owing to their inter-depending causations. However, this theory is inadequate because it does not clarify why there are inter-depending causations to begin with. My inquisitive mind drove me to delve into other schools of knowledge for more satisfactory explanations. It was gratifying that I came across Anthroposophy, which explores issues not addressed in Buddhism.” — Kwan-yuk Claire Sit
The Heart Sutra and Beyond includes The Heart Sutra in Chinese by Xuánzàng and a refreshing translation into English by Dr. Kwan-yuk Claire Sit. The main theme and purpose of the book is to show how one may practice the perfection of wisdom.
Dr. Sit analyzes The Heart Sutra with metaphors, stories, illustrations, Buddhist scriptures, relevant Taoist texts, and anthroposophic teachings. She delves into Anthroposophy to explore the mystical connection between form and emptiness; between Buddhism and esoteric Christianity; between Buddha Gautama and the young Jesus; and between the future Buddha Maitreya and Jesus Christ. She applies her deep understanding of the two Chinese names for Avalokitesvara (Guan-zì-zài) and Sariputra (Shè-lì-zi) to reveal the essence of the sutra. Finally, she notes that anyone can gain great blessing by meditating on a short mantra presented in the sutra.
Her commentary on this timeless text brings profound insights to those who are new to The Heart Sutra, as well as to those who may have studied and practiced Buddhism for many years.
C O N T E N T S:
The Heart Sutra
Light Is Empty
Form and Emptiness
Essence and Nothingness
Buddya’s Silence on Creation
Higher Beings Create Forms in Light
Calligraphy of The Heart Sutra
The Koan of Raising a Finger
The Bodhisattva Path
Buddhas in the Three Times
Buddhism and Anthroposophy
The Prajnaparamita Mantra
Appendix: A Brief Introduction to Anthroposophy