The Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra
The Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, while moving in the deep course
of Prajnaparamita, shed light on the five skandhas and found them
equally empty. After this penetration, he overcame all pain.
"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 nor immaculate,
neither increasing nor decreasing. Therefore, in emptiness there
is no form, feeling, intention, or consciousness; no eyes, ears,
nose, tongue, body, or mind; no forms, sounds, smell, tastes, touches,
or mental objects; nor is there the realm ofthe 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 origination
of 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 minds. Having
no obstacles, they overcome fear, liberating themselves forever
from illusion and realising perfect Nirvana. All Buddhas in the
past, present, and future, through reliance upon 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 unequalled
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 BODHISVAHA"
gah-teh gah-teh, pah-ra-gah-teh, pah-ra-sum-gah-teh, boo-di