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Heart Sutra



   The venerable Bodhisattva Enlightened being that selflessly works to help others Avalokitesvara, performing his study in the deep Praāpāramitā (perfection of wisdom), thought thus: 'There are the five Skandhas, and these he considered as by their nature empty (phenomenal).'

   'O Sāriputra,' he said, 'form here is emptiness, and emptiness indeed is form. Emptiness is not different from form, form is not different from emptiness. What is form that is emptiness, what is emptiness that is form.'

   'The same applies to perception, name, conception, and knowledge.'

   'Here, O Sāriputra, all things have the character of emptiness, they have no beginning, no end, they are faultless and not faultless, they are not imperfect and not perfect. Therefore, O Sāriputra, in this emptiness there is no form, no perception, no name, no concepts, no knowledge. No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind. No form, sound, smell, taste, touch, objects.'

   'There is no eye,' &c., till we come to 'there is no mind.'

   (What is left out here are the eighteen Dhātus or aggregates, viz. eye, form, vision; ear, sound, hearing; nose, odour, smelling; tongue, flavour, tasting; body, touch, feeling; mind, objects, thought.)

   'There is no knowledge, no ignorance, no destruction of knowledge, no destruction of ignorance,' &c., till we come to 'there is no decay and death, no destruction of decay and death; there are not (the four truths, viz. that there) is pain, origin of pain, stoppage of pain, and the path to it. There is no knowledge, no obtaining (of Nirvāna).'

   'A man who has approached the Praāpāramitā of the Bodhisattva dwells enveloped in consciousness[1]. But when the envelopment of consciousness has been annihilated, then he becomes free of all fear, beyond the reach of change, enjoying final Nirvāna.'

   'All Buddhas of the past, present, and future, after approaching the Praāpāramitā, have awoke to the highest perfect knowledge.'

   'Therefore one ought to know the great verse of the Praāpāramitā, the verse of the great wisdom, the unsurpassed verse, the peerless verse, which appeases all pain--it is truth, because it is not false-the verse proclaimed in the Praāpāramitā: "O wisdom, gone, gone, gone to the other shore. landed at the other shore, Svāhā!"'

   Thus ends the heart of the Praāpāramitā.


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