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The Heart Sutra and Beyond

A Translation of The Heart Sutra with Commentary

October 2014
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  • Publisher
    Lindisfarne Books
  • Published
    28th October 2014
  • ISBN 9781584201731
  • Language English
  • Pages 102 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

“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
In Chinese
In English


Chapter 1.
Bodhisattva Avolokitesvara
Light Is Empty

Chapter 2.
Form and Emptiness
Essence and Nothingness
Sierpinski Triangle
Buddya’s Silence on Creation
Higher Beings Create Forms in Light

Chapter 3.
Dharma Negations
Early Buddhism
Zen Buddhism
Calligraphy of The Heart Sutra
The Koan of Raising a Finger

Chapter 4.
The Bodhisattva Path
Buddhas in the Three Times
Buddhism and Anthroposophy

Chapter 5.
The Prajnaparamita Mantra
Great Blessings

Appendix: A Brief Introduction to Anthroposophy

Kwan-Yuk Claire Sit

Kwan-Yuk Claire Sit graduated from the University of Hong Kong and moved to the United States to attend graduate school. She holds a PhD in pure mathematics from the City University of New York and is Professor Emerita of Mathematics at LaGuardia Community College in New York City. In addition to self-study of Eastern philosophy and Anthroposophy, Claire’shobbies include knitting and calligraphy. She has published four books, The Lord’s Prayer: An Eastern Perspective(2008); Lao Tzu and Anthroposophy (2012); The Heart Sutra and Beyond (2014); 老子與人智學 (2017); and New Daosim (2023). She has presented talks on her books around the world, including in Chengdu, China, Dornach, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and New York City.

薛羅君鈺 (Kwan-Yuk Claire Sit) 在香港出生長大,自香港大學畢業後,移居美國,取得紐約市立大學研究中心數學博士學位。現為紐約市拉瓜迪亞社區學院數學系名譽教授。她喜好研究東方哲學和西方人智學。著有 The Lord’s Prayer: An Eastern Perspective, Lao Tzu and Anthroposophy  及 The Heart Sutra and Beyond.