Heart Sutra (Skt. prajñāpāramitā hṛdaya; Wyl. shes rab kyi pha rol tu phyin pa'i snying po) - the most popular sutra of the prajñaparamita collection and indeed of the mahayana as a whole. Although the sutra primarily consists of a dialogue between Shariputra and the great bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, their words are inspired by the blessings of the Buddha, who remains absorbed in samadhi meditation until the end of the discussion. As with all the prajñaparamita sutras, the teaching took place at Vulture's Peak near Rajagriha.
- Edward Conze, The Short Prajnaparamita Texts, London: Luzac & Co, 1973
Teachings on the Heart Sutra
Over the years, the Rigpa Sangha has received many teachings on the Heart Sutra, including the following:
- Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Rigpa London, 19 October 1991
- Sogyal Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, April-May 1998
- Dzogchen Rinpoche, Lerab Ling, July 1998
- Donald S. Lopez, The Heart Sutra Explained: Indian and Tibetan Commentaries', SUNY
- Jonathan Silk, The Heart Sūtra in Tibetan: A Critical Edition of the Two Recensions Contained in the Kanjur, Arbeitskreis für Tibetische und Buddhistische Studien, Universitāt Wien (Vienna 1994).
- The Dalai Lama, Essence of the Heart Sutra, Wisdom Publications, 2002 (Includes a commentary by Jamyang Gawé Lodrö 1429-1503)
- Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra