Elaborations on Emptiness
Uses of the Heart Sutra
"The Heart Sutra" is perhaps the most famous Buddhist text, traditionally regarded as a potent expression of emptiness and of the Buddha's perfect wisdom. This work explores the elaborate philosophical and ritual uses of the "Heart Sutra" in India, Tibet, and the West. It also includes full translations of the eight extant Indian commentaries.
Donald S. Lopez, Jr., is Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan. He is the editor of Princeton Readings in Religions, which includes Religions of China in Practice, Buddhism in Practice,
Religions of India in Practice, and Religions of Tibet in Practice.
"Elaborations on Emptiness is a superb achievement: It is by far the best and most complete treatment of the Heart Sutra in any Western language."--Jay Garfield, Journal of Buddhist Ethics "[This] is a superb achievement: It is by far the best and most complete treatment of the Heart Sutra in any Western language."--Journal of Buddhist Ethics