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The Heart Attack Sutra


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"Karl Brunnhoelzl, MD, was trained as a physician and also studied Tibetology. He received his systematic training in Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy and practice at the Marpa Institute for Translators, founded by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. Since 1989 he has been a translator and interpreter from Tibetan and English. He is presently involved with the Nitartha Institute as a teacher and translator."


With lively humor and deep scholarly knowledge, Mitra Karl Brunnhoelzl brilliantly unpacks the profundity of the Heart S u tra here for modern readers. In practical and accessible ways, he invites us to join the great practitioners of India and Tibet in contemplating the Heart Sutra's wisdom. We are fortunate to have teachers of Karl's acumen among the growing body of inspiring Western Buddhist teachers.--Dzogchen Ponlop author of Rebel Buddha and Mind Beyond Death

When the Buddha revealed the Prajnaparamita sutras, teaches Karl Brunnhoelzl, the arhats in attendance were so shocked by what they were hearing that they died on the spot. The Heart Attack Sutra seeks to preserve this same spiritual shock for Western minds (but perhaps without the grim consequences that Buddha's earlier students had to face!) by presenting and commenting in detail on the Heart Sutra, arguably the most well-known sutra in the Mahayana tradition.--Mandala Magazine

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