A Review on Exploring the Heart Sutra

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Hsiao-Lan Hu


Sarah A. Mattice’s Exploring the Heart Sutra is an ambitiously creative, well researched, clearly explained, and richly transdisciplinary work. Mattice’s use of music sampling is inspired, and her survey of translation theories and contextualization of the philosophical traditions in Chinese cultures lay out the reasons for her own translation and line commentary on the Heart Sūtra that privileges its Chinese cultural heritage. It would be a fine book even if without the two long chapters in the middle, whose connections with the Heart Sūtra are tenuous.

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Hu, H.-L. (2022). A Review on Exploring the Heart Sutra. Journal of World Philosophies, 7(1), 165–169. Retrieved from https://scholarworks.iu.edu/iupjournals/index.php/jwp/article/view/5475
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Hsiao-Lan Hu, University of Detroit Mercy

Hsiao-Lan Hu is Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of Detroit Mercy. Ze teaches broadly in Asian religions, women, and gender issues in world religions, and comparative religious ethics. Hir monograph This-Worldly Nibbāna: A Buddhist-Feminist Social Ethic for Peacemaking in the Global Community (SUNY, 2011) is a transdisciplinary study that combines the philosophy and sociology of early Buddhism, socially engaged Buddhism, poststructuralist feminist theory, liberation theology, socio-economic studies on globalization, and peace studies. Ze has also presented and published in the fields of Buddhist-Christian Studies, Buddhist and pluralist pedagogy, and intersectionality issues.