From the January Shambhala Sun magazine: “Love & Emptiness”

In our January magazine, Norman Fischer reviews two new books — Karl Brunnhölzl’s The Heart Attack Sutra and Dosung Yoo’s Thunderous Silence — that help us better understand The Heart Sutra, one of Buddhism’s most prized texts.

All dharmas are empty: no eyes, no ears, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind, no form…

I was thunderstruck the first time I encountered the words of the Heart Sutra. Somehow, no eyes, no ears, no nose made sense to me in a way I couldn’t explain, and I felt great relief. As a child I had always suspected that the world I was raised in didn’t hold up to scrutiny, and on hearing the Heart Sutra for the first time, my childhood confusion was suddenly acknowledged and addressed, even if I couldn’t explain how. It seemed intuitively to me that the sutra was affirming that the world was indeed not the way I had been taught it was. “No, it isn’t like that. It’s like this,” the sutra seemed to be saying.

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