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Buddhist Wisdom: The Diamond Sutra and The Heart Sutra

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A landmark publication when it first appeared in 1958, Buddhist Wisdom offered Western readers a unique combination of both The Diamond Sutra -- one of the cornerstone texts of Mahayana Buddhism -- and The Heart Sutra, perhaps the most important of all Buddhist texts, in a single authoritative volume. With its appearance in the Vintage Spiritual Classic series, this defini ...more
Paperback, 127 pages
Published April 24th 2001 by Vintage (first published 1958)
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I remember trying to read a volume of sutras which were the official translations from the Pali. It was so disappointing. Repetitive and abstruce, utterly unreadable in fact. I will admit that this was in part my fault. I didn't know the literature as well then. My knowledge is still virtually schematic, but I've come across a few good bibliographies in Armstrong and elsewhere that have led me to the present volume. It is a thoughtful, semi-coherent translation of two sutras from the Sanskrit: T ...more
Mar 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am finished. By that, do not think I mean it is finished, nor that it lacks finishedness. That is why it is called "finished."
Very interesting book. Good for days of thoughtfulness. And some interesting insights into Buddhism. I really appreciated this comment from the introduction: "No one who uses a dictionary--for other than orthographic reasons--can have escaped the shock of discovering how very far ahead of us our words often are. How subtly they record distinctions towards which our minds are still groping..." and from the preface: "...'although our age far surpasses all previous ages in knowledge, there has been ...more
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Unless you can read the original, it is good to take two or more different translations and read them parallel (perhaps as practice, with a group). Since the version by Thich Nhat Hanh has already been cited, I'm adding this rendition, for triangulation.

The same approach is necessary for, say, Basho.

Speaking of literary translation, perhaps it is true that our recent, contemporary investigations into Sanskrit- and Chinese-based cultures constitutes a Renaissance II ; certainly, the West's transl
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Wonderful translation and commentary!
Deborah Schuff
I had actually begun reading this book two days ago. While the Sutras themselves are short, they are densely packed with meanings and with meanings within meanings (as are all Sanskrit scriptures.) Edward Conze's commentaries are absolutely essential, but (as he himself admits) not always entirely understandable. The Truths within these advanced Sutras must be experienced through meditation and practice, which is not something I do. Nevertheless, I'm glad to have read them, and I would recommend ...more
Mar 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I had to stop reading at page 41. The book was way overdue. I thought the book would have the diamond and heart sutras. Which it kinda did. But it was a commentary about these sutras. Ok but not what I wanted to read. Does that make me a bad Buddhist?
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I didn't like how the translation and commentary were mixed together. Way too much choppy commentary
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Eberhart Julius Dietrich Conze, who published as Edward Conze, studied Indian and comparative philosophy at the universities of Bonn and Hamburg. He later lectured in psychology, philosophy, and comparative religion at Oxford, held a number of academic appointments, and served as Vice-President of the Buddhist Society.
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