140 pages (December 15, 2001)
North Atlantic Books
"The Heart Sutra speaks from the standpoint of the Mahayana idea of ultimate emptiness. The Buddha says that the five skandhas are not separate from emptiness, that they are indeed empty. Form is emptiness because it does not exist in a definite, enduring location; nor does it have an enduring shape or appearance. Forms, whether atoms or planets, interdependently exist and interact with all other forms. This is the only way we can know of their existence. If something had an eternal, unchanging, independent nature, it would never react with anything else, and, hence, we would never become aware of its existence."
"The Heart Sutra, just over a page long, distills the teachings of the Buddha to their purest essence. Perhaps the best known of all Buddhist sutras, it is recited in Buddhist centers and monasteries around the world. Emphasizing a living wisdom directly experienced, the schools of Chan have revered the Heart Sutra for its concise expression of the core realizations of the Buddha."
There Is No Suffering is Chan Master
Sheng-yen's commentary on the Heart Sutra. He speaks on the sutra from the Chan point of view, and presents it as a series of contemplation methods, encouraging readers to experience it directly through meditation and daily life. In this way, reading the Heart Sutra becomes more than just an intellectual exercise; it becomes a method of practice by which one can awaken to the fundamental wisdom inherent within each of us. Whether one wants a better understanding of Buddhist concepts or a deepened meditation practice, this commentary on the Heart Sutra can help.