What are the best books about Buddhist sutras?

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    #1The Heart Sutra

    The Heart Sutra
    The Heart Sutra is a Philosophy, Spiritualism, Zen Buddhism Reference Book written and translated by Red Pine. It was published August 9, 2005 by Counterpoint.
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    Andrew Garrett
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Excellent thorough source on Zen Buddhism its history and its relations in daily life. Very philosophical and thought inspiring and many interested in the subject should venture."
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    #2The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion

    The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion
    The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Diamond Sutra is a Philosophy, Spiritualism, Zen Buddhism Reference Book written by Thich Nhat Hanh and translated by Anh Nuong Nguyen.
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    Judith Garrett
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "What a lovely book! I would enjoy this book."
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    #3The Essence of the Heart Sutra

    The Essence of the Heart Sutra

    The Essence of the Heart Sutra: The Dalai Lama's Heart of Wisdom Teachings is a Philosophy, Spiritualism, Zen Buddhism Reference Book written by The Dalai Lama and translated by Thupten Jinpa.

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    Billy Coleman
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Nice book! Very interesting book!"
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    #4The Diamond Sutra and the Sutra of Hui-Neng (Shambhala Dragon Editions)

    The Diamond Sutra and the Sutra of Hui-Neng (Shambhala Dragon Editions)

    The Diamond Sutra and the Sutra of Hui-Neng (Shambhala Dragon Editions) is a Philosophy, Spiritualism, Zen Buddhism Reference Book written by A. F. Price et al. It was published May 12, 1974 by Shambala.

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    Paul Mendez
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I collect books about Buddhist sutras and The Diamond Sutra and the Sutra of Hui-Neng is my favorite one. Packed with tons of useful information, it's a true gem for anyone who's interested in Buddhism."
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    #5The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching

    The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching

    The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation is a spiritual book written by Thich Nhat Hanh. It is first published in 1998. 

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    Carol Yin
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This is a very interesting look into the teachings of Buddha. I never realized how all-emcompassing the teachings were until I read this. A little dry in some portions, but over a great book full of wisdom."
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    #6The Vimalakirti Sutra

    The Vimalakirti Sutra
    One of the most popular Asian classics for roughly two thousand years, the Vimalakirti Sutra stands out among the sacred texts of Mahayana Buddhism for its conciseness, its vivid and humorous episodes, its dramatic narratives, and its eloquent exposition of the key doctrine of emptiness or nondualism. Unlike most sutras, its central figure is not a Buddha but a wealthy townsman, who, in his mastery of doctrine and religious practice, epitomizes the ideal lay believer. For this reason, the sutra has held particular significance for men and women of the laity in Buddhist countries of Asia, assuring them that they can reach levels of spiritual attainment fully comparable to those accessible to monks and nuns of the monastic order.

    Esteemed translator Burton Watson has rendered a beautiful English translation from the popular Chinese version produced in 406 C.E. by the Central Asian scholar-monk Kumarajiva, which is widely acknowledged to be the most felicitous of the various Chinese translations of the sutra (the Sanskrit original of which was lost long ago) and is the form in which it has had the greatest influence in China, Japan, and other countries of East Asia. Watson's illuminating introduction discusses the background of the sutra, its place in the development of Buddhist thought, and the profundities of its principal doctrine: emptiness.
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    Alejandro Blanco
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I love books and am always looking for the next best thing. I'm particularly interested in books about Buddhist sutras. I recently stumbled upon the book "The Vimalakirti Sutra"and was completely blown away. Everything about the book is fantastic. Vimalakirti stands out among the sacred texts of Mahayan Buddhism and has been one of the most popular Asian classics for around two thousand years . I would totally give this book two thumbs up."
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    #7The Platform Sutra: The Zen Teaching of Hui-neng

    The Platform Sutra: The Zen Teaching of Hui-neng
    The Platform Sutra: The Zen Teaching of Hui-neng is a Philosophy, Spiritualism, Zen Buddhism Reference Book written and translated by Red Pine. It was published November 6, 2006 by Counterpoint.
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    Amit Venkatesan
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "A relaxing, spiritual experience, the Buddhist philosophy has always intrigued me and I wanted to know more about its intricacies in depth. The book is an autobiography of one of Buddhist's profound philosophers, Hui-neng. His thoughts on the matters of enlightenment and his opinions of contemplating the nuances of a peaceful life were interesting to delve into."
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    #8The Lotus Sutra

    The Lotus Sutra

    The Lotus Sutra is a Philosophy, Spiritualism, Zen Buddhism Reference Book written and translated by Burton Watson. It was published April 15, 1993 by Columbia University Press.

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    Julia Morales
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "This book has been regarded as one of the best scriptures in the Buddhist Canon. It has impacted Chinese art and literature in many ways. It attracts the most commentary than any of the other buddhists books. It contains scriptures, sermons, stories, etc."
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    #9The Heart of Understanding

    The Heart of Understanding
    The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra is a Philosophy, Spiritualism, Zen Buddhism Reference Book written by Thich Nhat Hanh. It was published October 1, 1988 by Parallax Press.
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    Sharon Gomez
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "I suppose this is wonderful if you have an interest in Buddah or Buddism if you dont you probably wont read it anyway"
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    #10The Diamond Sutra

    The Diamond Sutra
    The Diamond Sutra is a Philosophy, Spiritualism, Zen Buddhism Reference Book written and translated by Red Pine. It was published December 17, 2002 by Counterpoint.
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    Sarah Fox
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "I recently read a great book on Zen Buddhism called The Diamond Sutra. This book deals with philosophy and spiritualism and is well written and translated by Red Pine. It gave me a good perspective on life and religion."

Summary

Best What are the best books about Buddhist sutras
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Heart SutraBooks 24 Paid
2The Diamond That Cuts Through IllusionBooks 22 Paid
3The Essence of the Heart SutraBooks 21 Paid
4The Diamond Sutra and the Sutra of Hui-Neng (Shambhala Dragon Editions)Books 19 Paid
5The Heart of the Buddha's TeachingBooks 18 Paid
6The Vimalakirti SutraBooks 5 Paid
7The Platform Sutra: The Zen Teaching of Hui-nengBooks 5 Paid
8The Lotus SutraBooks 3 Paid
9The Heart of UnderstandingBooks 2 Paid
10The Diamond SutraBooks 1 Paid
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