Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Mahaprajnaparamita Hrydya Sutra (The Heart Sutra)

The thousand arms represent the uncounted ways Compassion may be expressed.

The Regarder of the Cries of the World Bodhisattva
from the deep practice of the Perfection of Wisdom
perceived the emptiness of all Five Skandhas*
and transcended all ill-being.

Listen, Shariputra,
form is no other than emptiness,
emptiness no other than form,
form is emptiness,
emptiness form.

The same is true of feeling, thought, memory, and consciousness.

Listen, Shariputra,
all dharmas are empty.
They are not born or annihilated.
They are not defiled or immaculate.
They do not increase or decrease.

So in emptiness,
no feeling, no thought, no memory, no consciousness.
No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind;
no form, sound, smell, taste, touch, or objects of mind,
no realm of sight, no realm of consciousness.

No ignorance, or extinction of ignorance,
no old age and death, nor extinction of them.

No ill-being, no cause of ill-being, no end of ill-being,
no path to lead out of ill-being,
no knowledge, no attainment, no realization,
no non-attainment, for there is nothing to attain.

The Bodhisattva holds on to nothing but the
Perfection of Wisdom,
and finds no obstacles in the mind.

Without obstacles, there is no fear,
away from illusion, one realizes
perfect Nirvana.

All Buddhas of past, present, and future,
through faith in the Perfection of Wisdom,
attain to the Highest Perfect Awakening.

You should know then the
Great Mantra of the Perfection of Wisdom
is the highest perfect mantra,
the unequaled mantra,
the destroyer of ill-being, the incorruptible truth.

The mantra of the Perfection of Wisdom should
therefore be proclaimed.

Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone beyond the beyond. Awake. So it is.
Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone beyond the beyond. Awake. So it is.
Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone beyond the beyond. Awake. So it is.

---Translation by Hung Su---

*The Five Skandhas 
Form (Our environment)
Feelings (Sensations)
Perception (Awareness)
Response (Mental constructs)

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