MAHA  PRAJNA  PARAMITA  HRIDAYA  SUTRA

Richard Levine

Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of compassion, doing deep Prajna Paramita, clearly saw that the five skandhas are sunyata, thus transcending misfortune and suffering.

Shariputra, form is no other than sunyata, sunyata is no other than form.  Form is exactly sunyata, sunyata exactly form.  Feeling, thought, volition, and consciousness are likewise like this.

Shariputra, remember, dharma is fundamentally sunyata.  No birth, no death.  Nothing is defiled, nothing is pure.  Nothing can increase, nothing can decrease.  Hence: in sunyata, no form, no feeling, no thought no volition, no consciousness: no eyes, no ears, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind: no seeing, no hearing, no smelling, no tasting, no touching, no thinking: no world of sight, no world of consciousness.  No ignorance and no end to ignorance.  No old age and death and no end to old age and death.  No suffering, no craying, no extingction, no path: no wisdom, no attachment.

Indeed, there is nothing to be attained: the Bodhisattva relies on Prajna Paramita with no hindrance in the mind -–no hindrance, therefore no fear.  Far beyond upside down views, at last Nirvana.  Past, present, and future, all Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, rely on Prajna Paramita and therefore reach the most supreme enlightenment.

Therefore know: Prajna Paramita is the greatest dharani, the brightest dharani, the highest dharani, the incomparable dharani.  It completely clears all suffering.  This is the truth, not a lie.  So set forth the Prajna Paramita dharani, set forth this dharani and say:

Gate, Gate. Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha
Heart Sutra

Source:  www.budsas.org Jun 5, 2006

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