March 17-19th, 2014

"The Heart Sutra: the Perfection of Wisdom"

Dr. Kurt Schwalbe

"The Heart Sutra:  the Perfection of Wisdom"

 Join us for a two-day workshop to contemplate the meaning and practice of this beloved sutra on March 17 & 18.


 While it is very popular to recite The Heart Sutra in several Buddhist traditions, many people find its meaning difficult and elusive.  In this workshop,  we will take a look at its origin, its place within Buddhist history and several ways to interpret it, both modern and traditional. By the end of our time together, we will have some basis for making our own interpretation. Our discussions will include the views of traditional scholars as well as contemporary interpretations centering on ecology and quantum physics.  Bring your favorite English translation.  We will conclude with a Hear Sutra meditation.

 On March 19, we will share a workshop to study the Tibetan language version of the Heart Sutra.  We will use parts of the text  to help us learn some intermediate level structures of Classical Tibetan grammar.  If you have previously taken an introductory course in Classical Tibetan, you can learn from and enjoy this workshop.


March 17-18  Discussion, interpretation and meditation on the English translations of the Heart Sutra

March 19        Reading the Tibetan text of the Heart Sutra


Kurt Schwalbe
Kurt Schwalbe holds a Ph.D in History of Religion from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA. He studied Classical Tibetan and Sanskrit at graduate school and at Serlo Monastery in Solu Khumbu, Nepal. Kurt has taught History of Religions in colleges in Washington and California, USA, and Classical Tibetan at the Nyingma Institute in Berkeley, Ewam Choden in Kensington, CA, and Sakya Kachod Choling in Friday Harbor, WA. He has been teaching a popular month-long intensive course in Classical Tibetan at Deer Park Institute annually since 2008. Kurt is ordained as a Unitarian Universalist Minister and practices vipassana meditation, Tibetan sadhana and tai chi chuan.