The Heart Sutra is the shortest yet unquestionably the most popular sutra in Buddhism. Its terse declaration and potent expression of universal truths have fascinated countless minds throughout ages and across Asian territories. It is said that no wisdom taught by Buddha is beyond the scope of the sutra despite of its radical brevity because all the wisdoms that Buddha preached centers around finding our pure, uncontaminated heart. Due to its limited wording, however, the sutra appears cryptic and elusive even for most Buddhists.
Based on Master Chang's popular lecture series, Introduction To The Heart Sutra categorizes and explains, in laymen terms and life examples, fundamental notions of Buddhism, such as emptiness, unity of emptiness and substance, karma, attachment of mind, causalities, consciousness, etc. In addition, throughout the book, Master Chang transcended the boundaries of religious narrow-mindedness and compared Buddhism wisdoms with other major philosophies, religions, and modern scientific discoveries from both East and West to better illustrate the concepts in the Sutra, and in the meantime illustrate the universality of truths and commonalities of various thoughts. With Buddha's wisdoms neatly stringed together by Master Chang, this pithy book is an essential guide for readers yearning to attain basic to intermediate level of understanding on Buddhism wisdom and practices, and tap into the internal and eternal source of happiness.
Introduction To The Heart Sutra, Henry Chang, Tao's Culture, Hardcover, 112 pp., $14.99
Henry Chang is currently the Chairman of Tao's Culture Inc., a Virginia-based nonprofit organization, with lineage centers across Asia and U.S., dedicated to the preservation and elevation of human body, mind, and soul through the study and practice of Tao. Master Chang is the author of several popular Buddhism and Taoism books in Chinese such as Understanding Tao-Tao-Te Ching Elaborated, I-Ching Interpreted, Tao and Three Treasures, Diamond Sutra Elaborated, and Vegetarianism For Everyone. (This book represents the first of a series of his books to be translated into English.)