Opening the Heart Sutra

Key features

Engage with the concise teaching of Prajnaparamita, in this profound conversation between Shariputra and Avalokiteshvara.

What will I learn?

Through guiding participants line-by-line through the Heart Sutra, you will receive a functional overview of Mahayana philosophy and gain deeper insight into the world of this treasured text.

Who is this course for?

For those interested in studying the Heart Sutra more intensely, either on its own or as a supplement to the Prajnaparamita practice.


  • 3 hours of video teachings
  • Mp3 download of the teachings and The Heart Sutra read by Lama Tsultrim
  • PDF download of the Heart Sutra (in English and in Tibetan).


Note: We will offer a full refund within the first week of purchase for all courses over $50, excluding any ‘live’ programs, if you are not fully satisfied with the course.

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In this new online program, Lama Tsultrim Allione teaches on the history and philosophical meaning of the Heart Sutra, the most widely beloved condensation of the Prajnaparamita literature. But despite its brevity and pithy nature, the Heart Sutra can be an easy source of confusion for those new to Mahayana philosophy. With the famous passage “Form is emptiness, emptiness is form,” one might miss that within the clever wordplay is the very foundation of the Middle Way.

Lama Tsultrim says of this essential text, “Our heart is the core of our body. We can do without our arms and legs, and so on, but we can’t do without our heart. It’s said in Buddhist teachings that, at the time of death, the consciousness distills into the heart. This Heart Sutra is the core of the whole thing. You boil it down, and this is it.”

The course includes seven sessions of filmed teaching with Lama Tsultrim, practice texts, and audio recordings.

Course Content

    1. Heart Sutra text
    2. Two audio recordings of the teachings 1h and 1h 23m
  2. Opening the Heart Sutra: Lesson One – 1h
    1. In this section, Lama Tsultrim covers the Heart Sutra’s opening verse as found in the Tibetan version of the text.
  3. Opening the Heart Sutra: Lesson Two – 14m
  4. Opening the Heart Sutra: Lesson Three – 22m
  5. Opening the Heart Sutra: Lesson Four – 16m
  6. Opening the Heart Sutra: Lesson Five – 39m
  7. Opening the Heart Sutra: Lesson Six – 15m
  8. Opening the Heart Sutra: Lesson Seven – 28m


There are no prerequisites for this course.

About the Teacher

Lama Tsultrim Allione