Sher snying gi tshig 'grel
sher snying gi tshig 'grel rmad du byung ba
Marvellous Word Commentary on the Heart Sūtra
Commentary of Prajñānapāramitāhṛdaya
Tāranātha presents an interpretation of the Heart Sūtra in accordance with his philosophical espousal of the other-emptiness in this short word-for-word commentary. At the very outset, he states in this commentary that the main referent of the term Perfection of Wisdom is buddha-nature, the non-dual wisdom which is the true nature of all phenomena. This, he argues, is not empty of its nature. The Heart Sūtra sufficiently makes it clear that the five skandhas and other conventional phenomena are empty of their nature, but not buddha-nature or the ultimate truth. ‘Form is emptiness’ indicates that form is utterly non-existent and empty. ‘Emptiness is form’ indicates that emptiness, which is the ultimate reality, is what appears as form to ordinary beings. ‘Emptiness is not other than form’ shows there is no emptiness which exists separately from form but reality qua emptiness is rather the true nature of form. ‘Form is not other than emptiness’ states there is no real form that is different from emptiness in the ultimate sense, because emptiness qua reality exists whereas form doesn’t.
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- Tomlin, Adele, trans. Tāranātha's Commentary on the Heart Sutra: A Study, Translation and Critical Edition. Dharamsala, India: Library of Tibetan Works & Archives, 2017.
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|Literary Genre||~ Commentary on Words - tshig 'grel|
|Commentary of||~ Shes rab kyi pha rol tu phyin pa'i snying po|