November 21, 2014


The Heart Sutra -- "The Heart of the Perfection of Great Wisdom" Sutra

Chanted in English (mp3)
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Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva, when practicing deeply the Prajna Paramita, 
Perceived that all five skandhas are empty 
And was saved from all suffering and distress. 
O Shariputra, form does not differ from emptiness; 
Emptiness does not differ from form. 
That which is form is emptiness; 
That which is emptiness form. 
The same is true of feelings, perceptions, impulses, consciousness. 
O Shariputra, all dharmas are marked with emptiness. 
They do not appear or disappear, are not tainted or pure, 
Do not increase or decrease. 
Therefore in emptiness: no form, no feelings, perceptions, impulses, consciousness; 
No eyes, no ears, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind; 
No color, no sound, no smell, no taste, no touch, no object of mind; 
No realm of eyes and so forth and so forth until no realm of mind-consciousness;
No ignorance and also no extinction of it...until no old-age and death 
And also no extinction of it; 
No suffering, no origination, no stopping, no path, 
No cognition, also no attainment.
With nothing to attain the bodhisattva depends on Prajna Paramita
And his mind is no hindrance. Without any hindrance no fears exist. 
Far apart from every perverted view he dwells in nirvana. 
In the three worlds all Buddhas depend on Prajna Paramita 
And attain anuttara-samyaksambodhi.
Therefore, know the Prajna Paramita is the great transcendent mantra, 
Is the great bright mantra, is the utmost mantra, 
Is the supreme mantra, which is able to relieve all suffering and is true not false; 
So proclaim the Prajna Paramita mantra, proclaim the mantra, which says: 
Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha.
Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha.
Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha.