Heart Sutra – Translation of Prajnaparamita
The Heart of Wisdom Sutra read by Helen Harding
Thus have I heard. Once the Blessed One was dwelling in Rajagriha at Vulture Peak mountain, together with a great gathering of the sangha of monks and a great gathering of the sangha of bodhisattvas. At that time the Blessed One entered the samadhi that expresses the dharma called “profound illumination” and at the same time Noble Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva mahasattva, while practicing the profound Prajnaparamita, saw in this way: he saw the five skandhas to be empty of nature.
Then, through the power of the Buddha, Venerable Sariputra said to Noble Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva mahasattva, “How should a son or daughter of noble family train, who wishes to practice the profound Prajnaparamita?”
Addressed in this way, Noble Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva mahasattva, said to Venerable Sariputra, “O Sariputra, a son or daughter of noble family who wishes to practice the profound Prajnaparamita should see in this way: seeing the five skandhas to be empty of nature. Form is emptiness; emptiness also is form. Emptiness is no other than form; form is no other than emptiness. In the same way, feeling, perception, formation and consciousness are emptiness. Thus, Sariputra, all dharmas are emptiness. There are no characteristics. There is no birth and no cessation. There is no impurity and no purity. There is no decrease and no increase. Therefore, Sariputra, in emptiness there is no form, no feeling, no perception, no formation, no consciousness; no eye, no ear, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind; no appearance, no sound, no smell, no taste, no touch, no dharmas; no eye dhatu up to no mind dhatu, no dhatus of dharmas, no mind consciousness dhatu; no ignorance, no end of ignorance, up to no old age and death, no end of old age and death; no suffering, no origin of suffering, no cessation of suffering, no path, no wisdom, no attainment, and no non-attainment…….remaining translation captured from this site.
Prajna-paramita Hrdaya Sutram (The Heart Sutra) 般若心経
心經 / Heart Sutra
Comment….Below is a zen koan by one enlightened master.
Before I practise Zen, I saw mountains as mountains, and water as water.
When I arrived at a more intimate knowledge, I came to the point where I saw that mountains are not mountains, and water are not water.
But now that I have got its very substance I am at rest. For it’s just that I see mountains once again as mountains, and water once again as water.
If you cannot explain, you’re still not enlightened.
心經 – The Heart Sutra