The Subtleties of a Sutra

Getting EmptinessPeter Clothier

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An Arrow to the Heart: A Commentary on the Heart Sutra
Ken McLeod
Victoria, British Columbia: Trafford Publishing, 2007
156 pp., $19.95 (paper)

LET'S SAY RIGHT off: you don't have to be a Buddhist to read this book. In fact, you don't need to be attached to a religion of any kind. But if you're the least bit interested in some of the more profound mysteries of the life of the mind, you'll find a great deal of guidance and inspiration in its pages.

That said, let it be added that as a student of Buddhist teachings myself, I have struggled mightily with the Heart Sutra. It is one of the key texts in the entire Mahayana canon—the one that serves up this eternally enigmatic gem:

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