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The Diamond Sutra

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Zen Buddhism is often said to be a practice of mind-to-mind transmission without reliance on texts --in fact, some great teachers forbid their students to read or write. But Buddhism has also inspired some of the greatest philosophical writings of any religion, and two such works lie at the center of Zen: The Heart Sutra, which monks recite all over the world, and The Diam...more
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Published November 18th 2002 by Counterpoint (first published November 2001)
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Silvio Curtis
This book starts with a translation of the Diamond Cutter Perfection of Wisdom Sutra. The rest includes some commentary of the author's own, with liberal quotations from other commentaries and from other Buddhist and Daoist writings that have something to do with the point. The sutra is the Buddha's talk with one of his disciples about how bodhisattvas should think. It taught me that the basic idea that seems so central to Zen and so weird to me, that nothing is true or false, is not unique to i...more
A sutra is a summary of something which can be relatively easily memorized, kind of like a poem. This is a discussion of a sutra of a gathering of Buddhists who are talking about philosophical issues. For example, "If there were as many rivers as there are grains of sand in the great river of Ganges, would the number of grains of sand in all those rivers be great?" Kind of like, "Are there different levels of infinity?" Although I think that there are benefits of Buddhism, especially in meditati...more
Well written as ever. Challenging.
I wish that I could give my other books 4 stars because I have read this text. It is truth in writing by my understanding of neurological and metaphysical reality modeling. ..."like a tiny drop off dew upon the grass, or a bubble floating in a stream, a flash of lightening in a summer's cloud, a ghost, a shadow or a stream; so all of conditioned existence is to be seen"
Kris Stark
This is probably my favorite of the prajnaparamita sutras. Red Pine provides a very accessible translation, and justifies everything he does with an exhaustive list of references. I found his commentary, as well as his liberal use of referential, often reverent, use of quoted material from other commentators insightful and of great use.
fucking confusing and very scholarly and yet a very definitive exploration of this central buddhist text which is essentially a two thousand year old treaty on the theory of relativity and its application to the notion of saintliness and charity, contains both Sanskrit, Japanese and Chinese translations.
Mindy McAdams
Sep 06, 2013 Mindy McAdams rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Buddhists interested in sutra study
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This is a wonderful sutra, and the commentary is so deep and wide-ranging. I feel like I could study this one sutra forever, with just this book.

UPDATE (2013): I return to this sutra and Red Pine's commentaries again and again.
Started reading this every other day - just makes a complete difference with the way my life is heading, what I focus on, everyone should stop clamoring and meditate!
Bjorn Blonk
I read the one by thich nhat tanh and it really informed me:
' the leaf, is the mother of the tree '
A thorough commentary of the Diamond Sutra. Well written and thoroughly enjoyable.
Very thought provoking. I have to read it again to more thoroughly digest.
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