pael wrote: ↑
Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:17 am
Can you recommend any Sutra Commentaries? Is Sangharakshitas (founder of the FWBO) writings good to read?
I want to read good Diamond Sutra Commentary. Suggestions? Other Prajnaparamita Sutra Commentary suggestions?
The most comprehensive Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra
commentary is really Haribhadra's Abhisamayālaṅkārāloka
. It's translated by Gareth Sparham as the Abhisamayālaṅkāra with Vṛtti and Āloka
in four volumes. I recently went through these in some detail alongside the sūtra (the Perfection of Wisdom in 8000 Lines
However, I think even reading the Perfection of Wisdom in 8000 Lines
, in Conze's translation, is helpful for understanding Perfection of Wisdom in general. It is the mother of all Buddhas and the Dharma Body, so it goes without saying that it should be learned. The Diamond Sūtra
is really not easy to understand without a background in it. Master Hsing Yun's books are helpful, the second link is a pamphlet and it is a good introduction. The first one is actually more of a stand alone book, and not so much a commentary in the traditional sense, which is where you clarify line by line or word by word.
One issue with most Diamond Sūtra
translations is that they repeat Kumarajīva's interpretative choices which are not always ideal. While Conze uses the Sanskrit, he approaches it as a text posing a set of paradoxes—it is not necessarily that either. Paul Harrison pointed this out an article a while back and produced a translation of his own which is recommended—and without some other passages which are later interpolations in the Chinese. I also translated the same manuscripts because I found Harrison made some other odd choices, but it needs some serious editing. Harrison's translation is available online and is probably the best available. Personally, I wouldn't spend too much time focusing on the Diamond Sūtra
, if you want to focus on learning the Prajñāpāramitā
, just go straight to the source: Perfection of Wisdom in 8000 Lines
and Haribhadra's commentary—also you can find some resources that may help you in the website linked in my signature, we made web pages for every chapter of the sūtra. If you need any assistance with this or have questions about passages, please feel free to ask.