Synopses & Reviews
Thunderous Silence throws light on the Heart Sutra--a pithy encapsulation of the essence of Perfection of Wisdom literature--using stop-by-step analysis and an easy, conversational voice. Dosung Yoo examines the sutra phrase by phrase, using rich explanations and metaphors drawn from Korean folklore, quantum physics, Charles Dickens, and everything in between to clarify subtle concepts for the reader. This book invites us to examine the fundamentals of Buddhism--the Four Noble Truths, emptiness, enlightenment--through the prism of the Heart Sutra. Both those new to Buddhism and longtime practitioners looking to revisit a core text from a fresh perspective will find this work appealing.
"The brief Heart Sutra, central to the Mahayana tradition, can puzzle students of Buddhism with such statements as 'form is emptiness, emptiness is form' and 'no ignorance, nor extinction of ignorance.' Yoo, a Won Buddhist minister ordained in Korea and now teaching in New York State, discusses the sutra line by line to demonstrate how it expresses the most basic teachings of this Eastern philosophy. 'When emptiness, which is the nature of all things, is clearly understood, the root of suffering is severed,' he writes. Noting that the Heart Sutra condenses into fewer than 300 English words many volumes of prajna paramita (perfection of wisdom) teachings, the author explores such concepts as the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, and the emptiness of the self. Yoo packs his book with quotes from other sutras (considered to be the teachings of the Buddha himself), stories from across the spectrum of Buddhist wisdom, simple analogies, and examples from other religions and science to illustrate the Heart Sutra's expression of enlightenment. Yoo's assured writing, clear illustrations, and masterful knowledge of Buddhism past and present (including Chinese and Korean Zen) make this book an excellent introduction to a key sutra." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
The Heart Sutraa pithy and profound text that represents the essence of the prajna paramita literature, and is thus a distillation of twenty-one years of the teachings of the Buddhais here laid clear.
Thunderous Silence unravels this vital teaching of the Buddha in careful, step-by-step analysis and an easy, conversational voice. Breaking down the sutra, Reverend Dosung Yoo examines it phrase by phrase. He offers new explanations and illuminating metaphors drawn from Korean folklore, quantum physics, Charles Dickens, and everything in between. He invites the reader to examine the fundamentals of Buddhismemptiness, enlightenment, The Four Noble Truthsin light of the Heart Sutra.
Thunderous Silence will thus appeal to both readers new to Buddhism and advanced practitioners looking to deepen and strengthen their practice.
About the Author
Rev. Dosung Moojin Yoo was ordained in the Won-Buddhist Order in Korea in 1993. He teaches at the Won Dharma Center in Claverack, New York, where he lives, and at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies. He has translated several Won-Buddhist Texts and is interested in bridging the gap between the teachings of Christianity and Buddhism.
Table of Contents
The Heart Sutra
1. What Is the Heart Sutra?
2. Entering the Path of a Bodhisattva
3. Emptiness of Self
4. Anybody Home?
5. The Gateless Gate of Nonduality
6. Emptiness of Phenomena
7. Neither Appearing, Nor Disappearing
8. When the Shoes Fit, One Forgets About Them
9. The Twelve Links of Dependent Origination
10. Emptiness of the Twelve Links
11. The Four Noble Truths
The First Noble Truth: Suffering
The Second Noble Truth: The Cause of Suffering
The Third Noble Truth: The Cessation of Suffering
The Fourth Noble Truth: The Path
12. Emptiness of the Four Noble Truths
13. Sudden Enlightenment and Gradual Cultivation
14. The Ultimate Song of Freedom
15. You Are What You Seek
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