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Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 02, William2 rated it liked it Shelves: buddhism , sacred-text , china , religion , ce , translation. I remember trying to read a volume of sutras which were the official translations from the Pali. It was so disappointing. Repetitive and abstruce, utterly unreadable in fact. I will admit that this was in part my fault. I didn't know the literature as well then. My knowledge is still virtually schematic, but I've come across a few good bibliographies in Armstrong and elsewhere that have led me to the present volume. It is a thoughtful, semi-coherent translation of two sutras from the Sanskrit: T I remember trying to read a volume of sutras which were the official translations from the Pali.
The commentary is on target.
Except for the 10 pages or so of the Diamond Sutra when Conze offers no commentary at all, so impenetrable is the original text; this is just one way in which Conze seems careful to avoid discursive redoubts where there might be needless wheel spinning. In other words, the book is well edited.
My only word of caution would be to prepare yourself for the full out use of paradox. For a Westerner paradox can be frustrating. The text does ultimately make sense, but you may need to undergo multiple patient readings before it yields fully its charms. The process of reading such books, I have found, is like osmosis. One must immerse oneself in the text, and slowly the understanding of no-understanding comes about.
But this book is mostly about how classical Buddhism was taught for many hundreds of years. View 2 comments. Mar 30, Marley rated it it was amazing. I am finished. By that, do not think I mean it is finished, nor that it lacks finishedness.
That is why it is called "finished. View 1 comment. Very interesting book. Good for days of thoughtfulness. And some interesting insights into Buddhism. I really appreciated this comment from the introduction: "No one who uses a dictionary--for other than orthographic reasons--can have escaped the shock of discovering how very far ahead of us our words often are. How subtly they record distinctions towards which our minds are still groping Here is a look to a tradition where Wisdom was actively sought after. There is maybe something to learn in it, even without subscribing to Buddhism.
Oct 29, Gary rated it it was amazing. Unless you can read the original, it is good to take two or more different translations and read them parallel perhaps as practice, with a group. Since the version by Thich Nhat Hanh has already been cited, I'm adding this rendition, for triangulation.
A landmark publication which offers Western readers a unique combination of what Buddhists worldwide consider the holiest of holy texts The Diamond Sutra. (diamond sutra). The Heart Sutra and Diamond Sutra are members of the Prajnaparamita group of sutras that were written down sometime.
The same approach is necessary for, say, Basho. Speaking of literary translation, perhaps it is true that our recent, contemporary investigations into Sanskrit- and Chinese-based cultures constitutes a Renaissance II ; certainly, the West's transl Unless you can read the original, it is good to take two or more different translations and read them parallel perhaps as practice, with a group.
Speaking of literary translation, perhaps it is true that our recent, contemporary investigations into Sanskrit- and Chinese-based cultures constitutes a Renaissance II ; certainly, the West's translation of BuddhaDharma is a great engine for much outstanding literary translation of our time.
Once The Heart Sutra's been studied and practiced, there's this Diamond Feb 29, Ryan rated it it was amazing Shelves: buddhism , religion. Wonderful translation and commentary! Aug 31, Niklas Braun rated it liked it.
The translation of the sutras was good, no complaints. But the explanations left a lot to be desired.
He comments on the first half of the Diamond sutra in a very dense and critical form, which is often just as confusing as the text. Then the second half, he claims that scholars believe them to be random teachings, and literally doesn't comment at all! Jul 04, Deborah Schuff rated it liked it Shelves: religion-spirituality.
I had actually begun reading this book two days ago. While the Sutras themselves are short, they are densely packed with meanings and with meanings within meanings as are all Sanskrit scriptures. Edward Conze's commentaries are absolutely essential, but as he himself admits not always entirely understandable. Syntax Advanced Search. About us.
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