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I am/no self; a Christian commentary on the Heart sutra.


I am/no self; a Christian commentary on the Heart sutra.

Keenan, John P. and Linda K. Keenan.

W.B. Eerdmans


314 pages



Christian commentaries on non-Christian sacred texts


John Keenan (emeritus, Middlebury College, Vermont) and Linda Keenan, a scholar of Japanese legends, continue their long exploration of Buddhism and Christianity with a commentary on The Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra. Current scholarship holds that the sutra was written originally in Chinese, then translated into Sanskrit sometime in the seventh century. They begin with their own story, then sketch in the context of sacred texts and Buddhist philosophy. The Chinese and English texts of the short piece are followed by the commentary. Subsequent chapters cover what The Heart Sutra has to do with the Gospel of John, re-reading John's Gospel from the Heart of Emptiness, and the no-self of the Heart Sutra and John's I Am Gospel. There is no index.

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