What the Buddha Taught: The Heart Sutra (Online)

with Jean Plough & Ellen Knapp

September 12th

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  • $45 Regular
  • $30 Supported
  • $60 Patron price
Room: Online

After you register, you will be sent the zoom link for this class.

The Heart Sutra, or Why I Feel Empty this Time of Year

The Heart Sutra may be the most frequently recited and used text in Mahayana Buddhism. It is the words of the Buddha during his Second Turning of the Wheel of Dharma at Vulture Peak Mountain.

The Heart Sutra teaches emptiness through compassion. It is often said that emptiness is the heart of Mahayana Buddhism, and that the heart of emptiness is compassion. The Heart Sutra conveys the essence of “prajnaparamita,” or transcendent wisdom, wisdom that goes beyond our ordinary mind.

During this program, we’ll do some active contemplation exercises, because the meaning of the Heart Sutra cannot be grasped by intellect alone. Instead, we can keep the words in our hearts, so our understanding unfolds through practice.


"In emptiness, there is no form, no feeling, no perception, no formation: no consciousness; no eye, no ear, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind; no appearance, no sound, no smell, no taste, no touch … no ignorance, no end of ignorance up to no old age and death, no end of old age and death; no suffering, no origin of suffering, no cessation of suffering, no path, no wisdom, no attainment, and no non-attainment…”

                                                                                                       --- Heart Sutra