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The Heart Sutra

by Sangharakshita

The Heart Sutra conveys Perfect Wisdom in its most terse form, yet is still a profoundly beautiful text. Sangharakshita explains its dramatic structure and leads us through its mysterious content.

N.B. Reference for this lecture: Buddhist Wisdom Books, translated by E. Conze. (Allen & Unwin, 1958)

Talk given in 1967.

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1. Introduction (6:22) 
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2. The sutra (3:54) 
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3. What is a Prajnaparamita sutra? (5:14) 
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4. What is knowledge of reality? (7:19) 
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5. Elaboration and amplification of Prajnaparamita texts (6:33) 
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6. Condensation of Prajnaparamita texts (5:29) 
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7. The form of the sutra (8:39) 
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8. Avalokiteshvara's first two statements (4:53) 
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9. The Abhidharma and shunyata (6:15) 
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10. Avalokiteshvara's next two statements (7:03) 
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11. Avalokiteshvara's final statements (2:17) 
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12. The meaning of the mantra (5:34) 
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13. Conclusion (2:56) 


Total running time: 1:12:28

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