The Heart Sutra - Wisdom of the Buddha
In this course, we read and analyze the short Buddha text, The Heart Sutra, while explaining the underlying meanings and context surrounding the teaching.
This is one of the most popular Buddhist texts and is one of the central texts for the Buddhist School of Emptiness. The teaching of Emptiness is especially important to our study of Buddhism because it highlights the Middle Path, one that refrains from all extremities. As a result, we can find peace of mind that is free from greed, anger, and ignorance, the three poisons that inhibit our spiritual awakening.
The Heart Sutra explores four key concepts: The underlying essence of emptiness and how not to attach to it, the sense of self one experiences through attachment to the five skandhas, the emptiness of all the Buddhist teachings so as not to attach to them, and the state of Buddhahood as the ultimate liberation. By practicing these teachings in our everyday lives, we can free ourselves from suffering associated with a strong attachment to ego, false thoughts, and impulsive actions.
The course consists of 4 sections: The introduction, the background of the sutra, the reading and analysis of the sutra, and finally the summary of the practice.
By structuring the course such wise, we allow you to not only understand the teaching by reading it first hand, but I also provide deep insight into the context, underlying meaning as well as practical steps to incorporating the teachings of Emptiness into an easy-to-understand practice.
Best wishes and hope you enjoy the course.
Who this course is for:
- Buddhist Practitioner
My name is Byron and I am from Sydney, Australia. Being raised in a Buddhist household, I have always had a strong fascination and deep affinity with the Buddha Dharma which lead me to become a Buddhist Monk in Fo Guang Shan Monastery in Taiwan.
After 2 years of intense practice, I decided to disrobe and continue my journey in the secular world, as I wished to be closer to the people. 2 years have passed since I disrobed and I now spend much of my time teaching, writing, and producing content on many different platforms.
It is my goal to learn everything, connect with everyone, and give the world all that I can.
Thank you for reading.