Dharma Drum Publication - Sutra Commentaries
There is No Suffering:
A Commentary on the Heart Sutra
By Chan Master Sheng Yen
There Is No Suffering is Chan Master Sheng Yen's commentary on the Heart Sutra, the most widely recited and studied among the Mahayana scriptures. Only some two pages long in English translation, the Heart Sutra evokes the complete spirit of Mahayana Buddhism, which is that while phenomena exist they are fundamentally transient and without enduring self, that underlying all sentient experience is "true suchness", or Buddha-nature. Master Sheng Yen speaks about the sutra from the point of view of Chan practice and presents it as a series of contemplations, encouraging readers to experience it directly through meditation and daily life. In this way, experiencing the Heart Sutra is not merely intellectual, but also method of contemplating our own reality and ultimately awakening to our own inherent Buddha-nature.
Complete Enlightenment
By Chan Master Sheng Yen
Complete Enlightenment is the first authoritative English translation and commentary on The Sutra of Complete Enlightenment, a central Mahayana text that shaped the development of East Asian Buddhism and Chan. Master Sheng Yen incisively applies the sutra to practice in contemporary life. The central theme of this book consists of penetrating dialogues between the Buddha and twelve illustrious bodhisattvas on the nature of enlightenment. Each of the bodhisattvas is an enlightened being who epitomizes the ideals of Mahayana Buddhism, the Middle Way of vowing to help all sentient beings while on the path to buddha-hood. "The Sutra of Complete Enlightenment is a Dharma dialogue between the Buddha and several great bodhisattvas in the presence of a large Sangha. If you know how to be there and how to listen, you will be able to actually participate in it. It is still going on." --Thich Nhat Hanh