The Heart Sutra: A Commentary by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

Lecturer: Jeff Schoening, Ph.D.
Tuesdays, October 6th and 13th
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: Cultural Hall
Suggested contribution: $20 Public, $15 Members
Prerequisite: None
Handouts provided

The great nonsectarian lama Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo wrote a commentary on the Heart Sutra when still a teenager. He explains such topics as the relationship between form and emptiness, the Three Doors of Liberation, and how to practice the Heart Sutra. We will read and discuss Jeff Schoening's translation of this treatise, entitled, "Perception of the Definitive Meaning." We will also consider and discuss a summary of the fifteenth century Sakya lama Shakya Chokden's presentation of these topics from his commentary on the Heart Sutra.

Jeffrey Schoening (Upasaka), holds a PhD in Buddhist Studies, and is a longtime member and interpreter at Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. Jeff is the author of The Shalistamba Sutra and Its Indian Commentaries (Vienna 1995), a two-volume study of teachings on dependent arising. He served as a health care chaplain at Swedish Medical Center and Northwest Kidney Center and is currently a private practice spiritual director.