Unfolding Paths to Insight: The Heart Sutra

26 april – 5 may

Led by Vessantara + team


If we really know the Heart Sutra, we know – in a sense – everything.


This is the second in a short series of retreats at Adhisthana in which Vessantara explores insight practices discussed by Sangharakshita. This time we’ll be taking the Heart Sutra as an example of how to practise shunyata meditations. We’ll take it out of it’s supporting role as something we recite in a puja and set it centre stage as a support for insight practice – profound pointers which we can follow until they lead us into the heart of reality.

We’ll also look at how to bring the teaching of the five skandhas to life, four common misunderstandings of emptiness, and how to meditate on a wisdom text in a fruitful and effective way.

Vessantara’s meeting the Buddhas

First published in 1993, this new edition incorporates a section on Vajrakīla, as well as new images, and hundreds of small changes that nuance and deepen earlier editions. It is a mine of inspiration for those who are already engaged in the practices and has become a modern classic.

Vessantara powerfully evokes the figures, giving the reader a real feeling for what it’s like to meditate on them, and how they can transform us on a deep level. It gives detailed descriptions of the figures, including their mudras and symbolic emblems, so it can be used as a handy reference to identify and learn about particular images.

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