Studying the Heart Sutra

Basic Sources and Methods (A Response to Ng and Anando)

Authors

  • Jayarava Attwood Independent Scholar

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/bsrv.41982

Keywords:

Heart Sutra, Prajñāpāramitā, Research Methods, Jan Nattier, Kumārajīva

Abstract

This article illustrates the importance of research methods in Buddhist Studies using the recent article on the Heart Sutra by Ng and Anando (2019) as a case study. The authors make a novel conjecture about the Heart Sutra to explain a difference between the Xinjing (T 251) and the Damingzhoujing (T 250) but in doing so they neglect the relevant research methods and critical thinking. Their selection of literary resources is somewhat erratic and their evaluation of them appears to contain bias. The authors did not consult relevant Sanskrit texts (including the Sanskrit Heart Sutra). The logic applied to their source materials appears to be faulty at times and this causes them to arrive at an unconvincing conclusion. By going over the same ground, using more appropriate methods and materials, a far better explanation of the problem emerges.

Author Biography

Jayarava Attwood, Independent Scholar

Jayarava is an indepdent scholar based in Cambridge.

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Published

2021-03-24

How to Cite

Attwood, J. (2021). Studying the Heart Sutra: Basic Sources and Methods (A Response to Ng and Anando). Buddhist Studies Review, 37(2), 199–217. https://doi.org/10.1558/bsrv.41982

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