Heart Sutra

The Prajnaparamita Heart SutraWhen the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara

was coursing in the deep Prajnaparamita,

he perceived that all five skandhas are empty,

thereby transcending all sufferings.

Sariputra, form is not other than emptiness

and emptiness not other than form.

Form is precisely emptiness and emptiness precisely form.

So also are sensation, perception, volition, and consciousness.

Sariputra, this voidness of all dharmas

is not born, not destroyed,

not impure, not pure, does not increase or decrease.

In voidness there is no form,

and no sensation, perception, volition or consciousness;

no eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind;

no sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, thought;

there is no realm of the eye

all the way up to no realm of mental cognition.

There is no ignorance and there is no ending of ignorance

through to no aging and death and no ending of aging and death.

There is no suffering, no cause of suffering,

no cessation of suffering, and no path.

There is no wisdom or any attainment.

With nothing to attain, Bodhisattvas relying on Prajnaparamita

have no obstructions in their minds.

Having no obstructions, there is no fear

and departing far from confusion and imaginings,

they reach Ultimate Nirvana.

All past, present and future Buddhas,

relying on Prajnaparamita, attain Anuttara-Samyak-Sambodhi.

Therefore, know that Prajnaparamita

is the great mantra of power,

the great mantra of wisdom, the supreme mantra,

the unequalled mantra,

which is able to remove all sufferings.

It is real and not false.

Therefore recite the mantra of Prajnaparamita:

Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha.


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