Hand-painted color illustration from the Diamond Sutra.

Perfection of Wisdom: The Heart and Diamond Sutras


This course was available in the past and may be presented again as part of the Open Enrollment curriculum.

…is not what you think it is. Nor, for that matter, is anything else. For two thousand years, the Buddhist “Perfection of Wisdom” scriptures have both inspired and confused their readers—reveling in apparent contradictions and insisting that reality is inconceivable. In this course we’ll examine and discuss the Heart Sutra and the Diamond Sutra, two of the shortest and most beloved texts from this vast literature.

Course Syllabus


Online registration deadline: Thursday, August 25 pm CT

Remote courses require you to login to Canvas to access the Zoom Classroom. You will receive an invitation to join Canvas about a week before your course begins. Please visit the Liberal Arts Student Resources page to find step by step instructions for Canvas and Zoom: Online Learning Resources