Special Lecture: "Victory over Mara," Shakya Chokden's Commentary on the Heart Sutra

Lecturer: Jeff Schoening, Ph.D
Wednesdays, January 18th & 25th
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location: Cultural Hall
Suggested contribution: $20 Public, $15 Members
Prerequisite: None

Shakya Chokden was a great Sakya scholar in the Fifteenth Century. He was unusual in the Sakya tradition for espousing “other emptiness.” In this commentary on the Heart Sutra, we get both a clear explanation of this Sutra, beloved for its profundity and brevity, and an introduction to “other emptiness.” We will read and discuss his commentary, as translated by Jeff Schoening.

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.


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