In preparation for Classes 1 and 2, we have a collection of translations of the Heart Sutra by different authors over the years. D.T. Suzuki, Edward Conze, Tanahashi and Halifax, Tenzin Gyatso (Dalai Lama), Norman Waddell, Max Muller, Red Pine (Bill Porter), Karl Brunnholzl, Geshe Sonom, Robert Haduch

Here is the version we’ll be using in the class, and a commentary: Heart Sutra and Explanation 

Here are recordings of classes, to date:

August 2020: Overview. What is the central existential question raised by the Heart Sutra?


September 2020; Verse I. What is the ‘mind’ that ‘penetrates’ the Heart Sutra?


October 2020: Verse II-Line 1&2. Bringing realization of the Heart Sutra into our lives.


November 2020: Verse II-Line 4. Emptiness, Suchness, & Interdependent Co-Origination.



January 2021: Verse II&III. What happens when we don’t understand or misunderstand the meaning and implications of the Heart Sutra.


February 2021:An inquiry into how ‘Things’, i.e. Realities are created in the mind.


March 2021:  A further inquiry into our creating of Realities and the resulting “whole mass of suffering”.


April 2021: Verse V-Line 4: Beyond negation. Verse VI. From negation to realization.


May 2021: Verse VI overview where the Sutra pivots from understanding to realization.


June 2021: Verse VI-Line 1. Bodhisattvas and the Vastness of “All”.


August 2021: Chanting of the Heart Sutra. Exploring the context of “within”.


September 2021: The meaning of “Prajnaparamita” as expressed in several sutras.