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Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree: The Buddha's Teaching on Voidness

by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu, Ajahn Buddhadasa, Santikaro Bhikkhu, etc.

Buy the book: Buddhadasa Bhikkhu. Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree: The Buddha's Teaching on Voidness

Release Date: August, 1994

Edition: Paperback


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Buy the book: Buddhadasa Bhikkhu. Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree: The Buddha's Teaching on Voidness

Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree

This is a real precious gem very clear and sharp. Buddhadasa points his finger and one really forgets the finger and sees exactly what he is pointing at. The most perfect teaching to directly experience and realize, in the very moments of reading. Everybody interested in Buddhism beginner or not can profit, as the book is both easy to read and full of enlightening information of the real nature of our existence. Personally I have read few books with such power and clarity. Buddhadasa shows "Void ness" he dos not merely talk about. This book is heart to heart communication, in the real sense of the words, it is more then fantastic, excellent or great, but it is simply realistic.

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Enjoyable, but disappointing.

Although this book is pleasant looking and enjoyable to read, and written by an apparently revered author, I found it a bit disappointing. As a long time student of this subject, sunnata/ voidness/emptiness, as it is presented in Mahayana teachings, I wanted to see if there was anything to be gained from studying Theravadin (Hinayana) teachings on this central Buddhist topic. Perhaps this book disappointed me in that regard because of its format: it is another of those books that was not written as a book, but is merely a collection and reworking of talks the author gave about this subject. As such it did not seem very rigorous in its treatment of this profound subject, but instead it seemed to spend most of its time talking around the subject. I didn't feel that I came away from the reading with much new knowledge or insight. Perhaps it would serve as an introduction to the topic, but anyone who really wanted to make headway in this difficult field would quickly realize the need for more in-depth study and a great deal of meditation training under a qualified teacher.

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