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November 22, 2009


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Why are you sure the 'Heart Sutra' is not a Sutra?


The original Heart Sutra lacks “Thus have I heard” and a proper location. Second, it lacks a conclusion and third, being most important, the Buddha makes no appearance in this Sutra. It should also be pointed out that Avalokiteshvara, who is he main speaker, is not mentioned in the original canon of Buddhism (Source: Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies Vol. 15 No. 2, 15).

Could you explain why say, "the Heart Sutra, which is not an actual Sutra"?

Do you not find it strange that in 40 years as a living Buddha none of his teachings were written down?

That to me is peculiar, especially when there are huge works like the Veda's being studied/transcribed at the time.

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