Heart Sutra Study Group

May 18th—October 19th

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    Room: Online
    Each month we will discuss a reading from The Heart Attack Sutra, by Karl Brunnhölzl. On Monday, July 20, we'll talk about these topics from the book:
    • Phenomena and Emptiness are Neither Pure Nor Impure, pp. 128 - 129
    • Nothing to Be Added and Nothing to Be Removed, pp. 129 - 131
    • The Three Doors to Liberation, pp. 131 - 132


    The radical message of the Heart Sūtra, one of Buddhism's most famous texts, is a sweeping attack on everything we hold most dear: our troubles, the world as we know it, even the teachings of the Buddha himself. Several of the Buddha's followers are said to have suffered heart attacks and died when they first heard its assertion of the basic groundlessness of our existence—hence the title of this book. Overcoming fear, the Buddha teaches, is not to be accomplished by shutting down or building walls around oneself, but instead by opening up to understand the illusory nature of everything we fear—including ourselves. In this book of teachings, Karl Brunnhölzl guides practitioners through this 'crazy' sutra to the wisdom and compassion that lie at its core.
    The complete text of The Heart Sutra is here: The Heart Sutra
    There’s no charge, other than buying the book in paper or electronic format.
    To order the book, click here: The Heart Attack Sutra
    For more information, contact Elizabeth Brownrigg

    If the Shambhala Center is still closed, we'll conduct our discussion online. You can join us via the Zoom application. Please email [email protected] for the link.