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Heart Sutra Translation

To: alt.zen
From: (Barbara O'Brien)
Subject: Re: Heart Sutra Translation
Date: 28 Nov 1994 11:05:03 GMT

[...a translation of the Heart Sutra, also called the Maha Prajna Paramita 
 Heart Sutra, a.k.a. Mahaprajnaparamita Hridaya Sutra. This sutra is the 
 distillation of the Prajnaparamita Sutra, which also includes the Diamond 
 Sutra. ]

Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva, doing deep Prajna Paramita,
Clearly saw emptiness of all the five conditions
Thus completely relieving misfortune and pain.
Oh, Shariputra, form is no other than emptiness, 
Emptiness no other than form,
Form is exactly emptiness, emptiness exactly form,
Sensation, conception, discrimination, awareness are likewise
	like this.
Oh Shariputra, all dharmas are forms of emptiness,
Not born, not destroyed, not stained, not pure, without loss,
	without gain,
So in emptiness there is no form,
No sensation, conception, discrimination, awareness,
No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind
No color, sound, smell, taste, touch, phenomenon,
No realm of sight, no realm 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 cause of suffering,
No extinguishing, no path, no wisdom, and no gain,
No gain and thus the Bodhisattva lives Prajna Paramita,
With no hindrance in the mind, no hindrance, therefore no fear,
Far beyond deluded thoughts, this is Nirvana,
All past, present, and future Buddhas live Prajna Paramita
And therefore attain anuttara-samyaksambodhi.
Therefore know Prajna Paramita is the great mantra
The vivid mantra, the best mantra, the unsurpassable mantra,
It completely clears all pain;  this is the truth, not a lie.
So set forth the Prajna Paramita mantra
Set forth this mantra and say
Gate! Gate! Paragate! Parsamgate! Bodhi Svaha!
Prajna Heart Sutra.


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