THE HEART OF PRAJNA PARAMITA SUTRA

When Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara was practicing the profound Prajna Paramita,he illuminated the Five Skandhas and saw that they are all empty,and he crossed beyond all suffering and difficulty.

Listen, Sariputra, form does not differ from emptiness;emptiness does not differ from form. Form itself is emptiness;emptiness itself is form.So too are feeling,cognition,formation,and consciousness.

O,Shariputra,all Dharmas are empty of characteristics.They are not produced,not destroyed,not defiled, not pure; and they neither increase nor diminish.Therefore, in emptiness there is no form,feeling, cognition,formation,or consciousness;no eyes,ears,nose,tongue,body,or mind;no sig hts,sounds,smells,tastes,objects of touch,or Dharmas;no field of the eyes up to and including no field of mind consciousness;and no ignorance or ending of ignorance, up to and including no old age and death or ending of old age and death. There is no suffering, no accumulating, no extinction, and no Way, and no understanding and no attaining,because nothing is attained.

The Bodhisattva through reliance on Prajna Paramita is unimpeded in his mind.Because there is no impediment,he is not afraid,and he leaves distorted dream-thinking far behind. Ultimately Nirvana!All Buddhas of the three periods of time attain Anuttara-samyak- sambodhi through reliance on Prajna Paramita. Therefore know that Prajna Paramita is a Great Spiritual Mantra,a Great Bright Mantra,a Supreme Mantra,an Unequalled Mantra.It can remove all suffering;it is genuine and not false. That is why the Mantra of Prajna Paramita was spoken.Recite it like this:

Gaté Gaté Paragaté Parasamgaté Bodhi Svaha!

 

观自在菩萨,行深般若波罗蜜多时, 照见五蕴皆空,渡一切苦厄。

舍利子 ! 色不异空,空不异色 ; 色即 是空,空即是色 ; 受想行识,亦复如是。

舍利子 ! 是诸法空相,不生不灭, 不垢不净,不增不减。

是故空中无色,无受想行识,无眼 耳鼻舌身意,无色声香味触法,无眼界, 乃至无意识界。

无无明,亦无无明尽,乃至无老死, 亦无老死尽,无苦集灭道。无智亦无得。

以无所得故,菩提萨多,依般若波 罗蜜多故,心无碍,无挂碍故,无有恐怖, 远离颠倒梦想,究竟涅磐。

三世诸佛,依般若波罗蜜多故,得 阿耨多罗三藐三菩提。

故知般若波罗蜜多,是大神咒,是 大明咒,是无上咒,是无等等咒,能除 一切苦,真实不虚。

故说般若波罗蜜多咒,即说咒曰 : 揭谛揭谛,波罗揭谛,波罗僧揭谛,菩 提娑婆诃。

——《般若波罗蜜多心经》

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