Maha Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra

Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva, when practicing deeply the prajna paramita, perceived that all five skandhas in their own being are empty, and was saved from all suffering.
O Shariputra, form does not differ from emptiness, emptiness does not differ from form; that which is form is emptiness, that which is emptiness form. The same is true of feelings, perceptions, impulses, consciousness.
O Shariputra, all dharmas are marked with emptiness: they do not appear nor disappear, are not tainted nor pure, do not increase nor decrease.
Therefore in emptiness, no form, no feelings, no perceptions, no impulses, no consciousness;
No eyes, no ears, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind;
No color, no sound, no smell, no taste, no touch, no object of mind;
No realm of eyes, until no realm of mind-consciousness;
No ignorance, and also no extinction of it until no old-age and death and also no extinction of it;
No suffering, no origination, no stopping, no path; No cognition, also no attainment.
With nothing to attain, the Bodhisattva depends on prajna paramita and the mind is no hindrance. Without any hindrance, no fears exist. Far apart from every perverted view one dwells in Nirvana.
In the three worlds all Buddhas depend on prajna paramita and attain unsurpassed complete perfect enlightenment.
Therefore, know the prajna paramita is the great transcendent mantra, is the great bright mantra, is the utmost mantra, is the supreme mantra, which is able to relieve all suffering and is true not false. So, proclaim the prajna paramita mantra, proclaim the mantra that says, Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate! Bodhi! Svaha!" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Introduction to the
Heart (of the Prajna-Paramita) Sutra

The Heart Sutra is the shortest and the most popular sutra in Buddhism. The six hundred volumes of the Maha Prajna Sutra are summarized by the Diamond Sutra in around 5000 words, and the Diamond Sutra is summarized by the Heart Sutra in around 250 words. The Heart Sutra is regarded as the summation of the wisdom of Buddha. It expresses perfectly the insight attained by non-attachment, the doctrine of emptiness.

Many Buddhist around the world recite the Heart Sutra daily, Buddhist believe that reciting mantras and sutras has great merit and benefit andis one way to cultivate the Buddhist Way.

Insight into the Heart Sutra reveals the secret Truth of the universe and life. It is an essential study for all Buddhist.

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