Heart Sutra

Prajnaparamita Hridaya Sutra - The sutra of the heart of prajna.

One of the smallest, but the most vital portion in the Vast Prajnaparamita - The Heart of Prajna Paramita Sutra

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara was practicing the profound Prajna Paramita, he illuminated the five skandhas and saw that they are all empty, and he crossed beyond all sufferings and difficulties.

Shariputra! Form does not differ form emptiness, emptiness does not differ from form; form itself is emptiness, emptiness itself is form; so too are feeling, cognition, formation and consciousness.

Shariputra! All Dharmas are empty of characteristics. They are not produced, not destroyed, not defiled, not pure, and they neither increase nor diminish.

Therefore, in emptiness there is no form, feeling, cognition, or consciousness; no eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, or mind; no sights, sounds, smells, tastes, objects of touch, or Dharmas; no field of the eyes up to and including no field of mind consciousness and no ignorance or ending of ignorance, up to and ending no old age and death or ending of old age and death. There is no suffering, no accumulating, no extinction, and no Way, and no understanding and no attaining.

Because nothing is attained, the Bodhisattva through reliance on Prajna Paramita is unimpeded in his mind. Because there is no impediment, he is not afraid and he leaves distorted dream-thinking far behind. Ultimately Nirvana! All Buddhas of three periods of time attain anuttarasamyak-sambodhi through reliance on the Prajna Paramita.

Therefore, know that Prajan Paramita is a great spiritual mantra, a great bright mantra, a supreme mantra, an unequaled mantra. It can remove all suffering: It is genuine and not false.

That is why the mantra of Prajna Paramita was spoken.

Recite it like this:

Gate Gate Paragate Parasamagate Bodhi Svaha! (3 times)

Maha Prajnan Paramita. (3 times)