Tuesday, April 03, 2007

gone beyond

The Maha Prajna Paramita Hridaya (Heart) Sutra

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 nor disappear,
Are not tainted nor pure,
Do not increase nor decrease.
Therefore in emptiness, no form,
No feelings, no perceptions, no impulses, no 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 until no realm of mind-consciousness;
No ignorance and also no extinction of it and so forth until
No old age and death and also no extinction of them;
No suffering, no origination, no stopping, no path;
No cognition, also no attainment.
With nothing to attain
The Bodhisattva depends on Prajna Paramita
And the mind is no hindrance.
Without any hindrance no fears exist.
Far apart from every perverted view the Bodhisattva dwells in Nirvana.
In the three worlds all Buddhas depend on Prajna Paramita
And attain unsurpassed, complete, perfect enlightenment.
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 that says:
Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasmagate! Bodhi! Svaha!

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