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Arrow to the Heart: A Commentary on the Heart Sutra (Second Edition)
By: Ken McLeod

An Arrow to the Heart, Ken McLeod


 
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Author: Ken McLeod
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781425133771
Publication Date: 2021

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The Heart Sutra is the most widely known and widely recited scripture in Mahayana Buddhism. This exciting, trail-blazing, non-traditional commentary takes the reader right into the emptiness of all experience through a delightfully irreverent combination of wit, irony, prose and poetry. In the words of Stephen Batchelor, author of Buddhism Without Beliefs, "Written in a voice that is neither pious nor academic, hectoring nor detached, An Arrow to the Heart is a fine example of the new wave in contemporary Buddhist writing. In its quietly relentless way, this pithy and unorthodox commentary to the Heart Sutra leaves you with nowhere to stand but right here."

This second edition contains a new introduction by Peter Clothier, an internationally-known writer who specializes in writing about art and artists, McLeod's precise yet lucid translation of the Heart Sutra, and a line-by-line commentary on this enigmatic scripture. Each commentary starts with a short poem that raises questions or presents a series of images. The poem is followed by a short prose section that questions the text more deeply. A few interspersed notes provide information about the images, allusions, and references in the poetry and prose sections. The result is a kind of dance-a dance with words, ideas, images, quotations, and stories. Not infrequently the reader falls into a complete and unexpected stillness to dwell on a revealing line or a quotation, before being swept off again into a new direction. In this way McLeod realizes his aim-to elicit the experience of the sutra in the reader, rather than explain its meaning.

In the words of one reader of the first edition, "What I love most about it is that it's not even a book, really - more the literary equivalent of yellowcake uranium, meant to blow the mind open to ultimate reality. This is book as verb, not noun - book as instigator of awareness."
An Arrow to the Heart: A Commentary on the Heart Sutra (Second Edition), Ken Mcleod, Trafford, Paperback, 172 Pages, $19.95

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