Edward Conze spent his academic career studying and translating the Sanskrit Perfection of Wisdom literature, and his work continues to be the standard for the English-speaking audience. Paired with his other major work (The Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom), Perfect Wisdom: The Short Prajnaparamita Texts serves as a broad survey of these texts in English. … Continue reading Perfect Wisdom: The Short Prajnaparamita Texts (Conze)
Reviews of books on various Buddhist topics.
Book Review: The Dharma of Dragons and Demons (David Loy & Linda Goodhew)
Fantasy is true, of course. It isn't factual, but it is true. Children know that. Adults know it too, and that is precisely why many of them are afraid of fantasy. They know that its truth challenges, even threatens, all that is phony, unnecessary, and trivial in the life they have let themselves be forced … Continue reading Book Review: The Dharma of Dragons and Demons (David Loy & Linda Goodhew)
Book Review: The Diamond Sutra (Red Pine)
Red Pine's The Diamond Sutra: Text and Commentaries Translated from Sanskrit and Chinese is a book that I recommend to readers who want to explore the various Diamond Sutra translations and exegesis that remains untranslated today. In this book, Red Pine presents a translation of the sutra based on his studies of the Sanskrit and … Continue reading Book Review: The Diamond Sutra (Red Pine)
Book Review: The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion (Thich Nhat Hanh)
The Diamond that Cuts through Illusion is Thich Nhat Hanh's translation and commentary on the Diamond-Cutting Perfection of Wisdom Sutra, which was first published by Parallax Press in 1992. The English translation from Kumarajiva's Chinese was led by Hahn with the help of Annabel Laity and Anh Huong Nguyen. Hahn's commentary on the Sutra was … Continue reading Book Review: The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion (Thich Nhat Hanh)