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Heart Sutra

 

The Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, while moving in the deep course of Prajnaparamita shed light on the five aggregates and found them equally empty. After this penetration, he overcame all suffering. "Listen Shariputra, form is emptiness, emptiness is form, form does not differ from emptiness: emptiness does not differ from form. The same is true with feeling, perception, intention, and consciousness. Hear, Shariputra, all dharmas are marked with emptiness; they are neither produced nor destroyed; neither defiled or immaculate; neither increasing or decreasing. Therefore in emptiness there is no form, feeling, perception, intention, or consciousness; no eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, or mind; no forms, sounds, smells, tastes, touches, or mental objects; nor is there the realm of the eyes, up to and including the realm of mind consciousness. There is no ignorance or ending of ignorance; up to and including no decay and death, or ending of decay and death. There is no suffering, no extinction of suffering, and no path; no knowledge and also no attainment...Because there is no attainment, the Bodhisattvas, supported by the Prajnaparamita, find no obstacles for their mind. Having no obstacles, they overcome fear, liberating themselves forever from illusion and realizing perfect Nirvana. All Buddhas in the past, present, and future, through their reliance on Prajnaparamita, arrive at full, right, and universal Enlightenment. Therefore, one should know that Prajnaparamita is a great spiritual mantra, a great wisdom mantra, a supreme mantra, an unequaled mantra. It destroys all suffering, because it is the incorruptible truth. A mantra of Prajnaparamita should therefore be proclaimed. This is the mantra:

Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha

 

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