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Vajracchedika Prajnaparamita

The Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion - coverThe Diamond That Cuts Through Illusion
- Commentaries on the Prajnaparamita Diamond Sutra
— by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Diamond Sutra (Sanskrit: Vajracchedika Prajñaparamita) has fascinated Buddhists for centuries because of its insights into dualism and illusion.

It illuminates how our minds construct limited categories of thought.

Buddha turning wheelIt offers us alternative ways to look at the world in its wholeness so we can encounter a deeper reality; develop reverence for the environment and more harmonious communities, families, and relationships; and act in the world skillfully and effectively.

In his trademark style of making even the most esoteric teachings accessible and meaningful for our every day life, Thich Nhat Hanh writes with great humor, even about the more mundane applications of the sutra, such as the insights one may gain while peeing into the woods:

"After I studied the Diamond Sutra ... I realized that peeing is also a marvelous and wondrous reality, our gift to the universe. We only have to pee mindfully, with great respect for ourselves and whatever surroundings we are in."

— From back cover

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