Our new course brings the focus to a central Buddhist text: The Heart Sutra
A new translation by Sean Feit Oakes and Hareesh :: Presented by Sean ::
12 hours of content that you can keep forever.
Chapter 1 - An introduction to Buddhism. Context and Basic Philosophy (longer videos)
Chapter 2- The Sutra in the usual format of short videos.
Chapter 3 - The meditation practices.
Our aim with The Sutra Project is to illuminate the teachings while honoring your life's rhythm. We know that most of you don't have hours and hours per week to dive into videos and intense study. That's why we have created this format, without compromising on the integrity and content of these rich and deeply resonant texts.
The Heart Sutra
It is part of the Prajnaparamita Literature, which is a collection of about 40 texts composed between 100 BCE and 500 CE. The Heart Sutra is a presentation of profound wisdom on the nature of emptiness.
It is a teaching by Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, to the monk Shariputra. It is chanted regularly by followers of Buddhism both in ritual and as part of meditation practice. Although The Heart Sutra is very brief it contains key concepts of Buddhist Philosophy. These include the skandhas, the four noble truths, the cycle of interdependence and a powerful and central concept of Mahayana Buddhism, Emptiness.
Mahayana means “great vehicle”, and is the basis of the Buddhisms of China, Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. It arose around the first or second century CE out of the highly analytical schools of Buddhism which had developed in the 600 years since the time of the Buddha. Zen, which appeared around 800, in China, is a school of Mahayana. Chinese Mahayana spread to Korea, Japan, and Vietnam, leading to the many Zen traditions maintained today.