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The Heart Sutra

Post by sherab zangpo on Fri Oct 30, 2009 2:00 am

The Heart Sutra



Homage to the supramundane victorious perfection of wisdom.

This is what I have heard:

At one time, the Supramundane Victor was residing together with a great community of monastics and a great community of Bodhisattvas on Vulture Mountain in Rajagriha. At that time, the supramundane victor was absorbed in the the concentrated mediation of the enumerations of phenomena called "perception of the profound." At that time the Bodhisattva great being, the superior Avalokiteshvara, also was observing the practice of the profound perfection of wisdom and was viewing even these five aggregates [forms, feelings, discrimination's, compositional factors, and consciousnesses] as empty of inherent existence.

Then, through the Buddhas power, the venerable Shariputra said to the Bodhisattva great being, the superior Avalokiteshvara:



"How should a child of good lineage-who wishes to practice the profound perfection of wisdom train"?

The Bodhisattva great being, the superior Avalokiteshvara replied to Shariputra:



"Shariputra, sons or daughters of good lineage who wish to practice the profound perfection of wisdom should view [phenomena] as follows.

They should correctly and thoroughly view even these five aggregates as empty of inherent existence. Form is emptiness, emptiness is form. Emptiness is not other than form, form is not other than emptiness. Similarly, feelings, discrimination's, compositional factors, and consciousnesses are empty.

Shariputra, in that way all phenomena are empty- without characteristics, not produced, not ceasing, not defiled, not separated from defilement's, not decreasing, not increasing. Therefore, Shariputra, in emptiness there are no forms, no feeling, no discrimination's, no compositional factors, no consciousness, no eyes, no ears, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind, no forms, no sounds, no odors, no tastes, no tangible objects, no phenomena. In emptiness there is no eye constituent through to no mental constituent and through to no mental consciousness constituent. In emptiness there is no ignorance and no extinguishment of ignorance through to no extinguishment of aging and death. Similarly, in emptiness there are no sufferings, sources, cessations, and paths, no exalted wisdom, no attainment, and also no non attainment.

Therefore, Shariputra, since Bodhisattva's, the great beings, have no attainment, they rely on and reside in this profound perfection of wisdom. There minds are without obstruction and without fear, having thoroughly passed beyond error, they go to the finality of nirvana. Even all the Buddhas in the past, present, and future become manifestly and complete, perfect enlightenment in reliance on this profound perfection of wisdom.

Therefore the mantra of the perfection of wisdom is the mantra of great knowledge, the unsurpassed mantra, the mantra equal to the unequalled, the mantra thoroughly pacifying all suffering. It should be know that since it is not false, it is true. To state the mantra of the perfection of wisdom;



Tadyata gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha. (It is thus: proceed, proceed, proceed beyond, thoroughly proceed beyond, be found in enlightenment.)



In that way, Shariputra, Bodhisattva great beings should train in the profound perfection of wisdom".



Then the Supramundane Victor rose from that concentrated meditation and said to the Bodhisattva great being, the superior Avalokiteshvara



"Good, good, good. Child of good lineage, it is so. In just the way that you have indicated, the profound perfection of wisdom should be practiced. Even the Ones Gone Thus admire this".



The Supramundane Victor having pronounced this, the venerable Shariputra, the Bodhisattva great being Avalokiteshvara, all those in the surrounding retinue, and the worldly beings- including gods, humans, demigods, and aroma-eaters- admired this and praised what the Supramundane Victor said.
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Post by LauraJ on Fri Oct 30, 2009 6:07 am

What a beautiful version! Where is it from?

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Post by sherab zangpo on Sat Oct 31, 2009 1:04 am

Ngawang Drolma wrote:What a beautiful version! Where is it from?

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