Emptiness - The Heart Sutra of Transcendent Knowledge

with Teri Rowe

April 5th—May 5th

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  • $60 Member
  • $75 Public
  • $100 Patron (help make programs possible for others)


Form is emptiness; emptiness itself is form.

Emptiness is no other than form; form is no other than emptiness.

In the same way, feeling, perception, formation, and consciousness are emptiness.

Thus, Shariputra, all dharmas are emptiness.


When the teaching of the Heart Sutra first occurred, its proclamation of emptiness was so powerful that several highly realized disciples died of heart attacks. Yet today we can read it without missing a beat. In this course we will study and contemplate the sutra line by line and bring these teachings alive so that we too could take them to heart.

This class will be held over 5 Friday evenings and conclude with a Sunday intensive with sitting and walking meditation, contemplative brown bag lunch, final talk and recitation of the Heart Sutra followed by a small reception as our group (mandala) dissolves. No pre-requisits, all are welcome.

The Heart Sutra is known as "the single most commonly recited and studied scripture in East Asian Buddhism." It was widely known in India, where it played a role in Vajrayana Buddhism and is studied by various Tibetan Buddhist schools.

Friday’s April 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, May 3rd; 6:00-8:00 pm

Sunday May 5th 9:00-3:00 

We are happy to make this program available live via zoom for those unable to come to the center.  If you would like to participate remotely via zoom, please send an email and let us know.

To support the work of Open Sky, we suggest a contribution to help cover program expenses, rent and overall maintenance and are happy to accept an offering in any amount that you can afford, either above or below the suggested level. Your financial contribution is not necessary in order to participate in programs, classes or public meditation sessions. Open Sky is 100% volunteer operated and all donations, payments and fees are used to pay center expenses and provide funding for our Generosity Policy.