Dr. Kurt J. Schwalbe – Heart Sutra Workshop
The Meaning and Uses of the Heart Sutra
The Heart Sutra is perhaps the most famous and well loved Buddhist scripture, recited daily by many people around the world. Although it contains the “the Buddhist teachings in a nutshell,” many people find it quite puzzling. As we unravel its meaning and seek its origin, we will look at the sutra’s function in Buddhist literature as both philosophy and magic. We will also consider the viewpoints of several commentators who have interpreted the Sutra as religious polemic, ecological parable and a precursor of quantum physics. Bring your favorite English translation. On the third day, we will chant several translations and engage in a Heart Sutra meditation.