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Sutra Study Group

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This Spring we’re studying the Heart Sutra (Maha Hannya Haramita Shingyo), which is chanted daily in Zen temples throughout the world. We chant it (in Sino-Japanese) practically every time we meet to practise together at the Dojo, so it’s a core scripture for us. However, perhaps because of its very compressed form, it is easy to miss the deep meaning of this text.

Study Group Resources

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Further reading

The Ring of the Way, Taisen Deshimaru, Rider (1983), ISBN 0-7126-1996-8

Fukan Zazen Gi:
Zen: Simply Sitting, Philippe Coupey, Hohm Press (2006), ISBN 1-890772-61-5

The Wholehearted Way, Shohaku Okumura & Taigen Dan Leighton, Tuttle (1997-2017) ISBN 8048-31055-X

Realizing Genjokoan, Shohaku Okumura, Wisdom (2010) ISBN 0-86171-601-2

Dogen’s Genjo Koan: Three Commentaries, Eihei Dogen Zenji, Counterpoint (2011) ISBN 1-58243-743-2

Treasury of the True Dharma Eye, Kazuaki Tanahashi (Ed.), Shambhala (2012) ISBN 1-59030-935-3

Yoka Daishi’s Song of Immediate Awakening, Commentaries by Tasien Deshimaru (English Translation: by Nan Shin Nancy Amphoux & Moku Gyo Adrian Tuttiett), published under licence by: International Zen Association UK