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The Buddha speaks the Prajñāpāramitā heart sutra

The following is my translation of the Heart Sutra. With the help of Ven. Eijo san, I have corrected my first draft. My original draft had several words whose trans
lations needed a bit of help. Now it should be pretty good.
The Buddha speaks the Prajñāpāramitā heart sutra

When Avalokitesvara bodhisattva1 was practicing the deep prajñāpāramitā2, [he] clearly saw the five
skandas3 are all empty, and was liberated from suffering and hardship.
Shariputra4, matter is not different from emptiness. Emptiness is not different from matter. Matter is
emptiness. Emptiness is matter. That is the same with sensation, conception, volition and
consciousness. Shariputra. All dharmas5 are empty of characteristics.
No arising, nor extinguishing, not impure, nor pure, not increasing,and not decreasing. For this reason
within emptiness, no matter, no sensation, conception, volition and consciousness, no eyes, ears, nose,
tongue, body or mind, no form, sound, smell, taste, touch or dharma.
No visual sphere up to no mind consciousness sphere. No ignorance, also no end to ignorance, up to no
old age and death, also no end to old age and death. No suffering, cause (of suffering), extinction (of
suffering) or path (to cessation of suffering).
No knowledge also nothing to achieve because there is no achievement. Therefore, Bodhisattvas rely
on prajñāpāramitā, therefore, their hearts have no obscurations. No obscurations therefore, nothing to
Free from all perverse fantasies, in the end they [attain] Nirvana. All the Buddhas of the past, present
and future, have relied on prajñāpāramitā, therefore they aquire anuttarāsamyak-saṃbodhi6
Therefore, know the perfection of wisdom is the great divine mantra, is the great wisdom mantra, is the
highest mantra, is the mantra with no equal. Removes all suffering, [is] true [and] doesn't fail.
Therefore, speak the prajñāpāramitā mantra. At once speak the mantra, be pleased to say : gate, gate,
pāragate, pārasam.gate. bodhi svāhā!7

Wisdom heart sutra.


1 Avalokitesvara bodhisattva is the bodhisattva of compassion. A bodhisattva is one who is motivated to reach
enlightenment to benefit all sentient beings.
2 Prajnaparamita is a Sanskrit term that means the perfection of wisdom.
3 The five Skandas: 1.matter 2.sensation 3.recognition 4.volition 5.consciousness
4 Shariputra is the name of one of Shakyamuni Buddha's disciples.
5 Dharma has many meanings. In this sense it is talking about the phenomenal world.
6 Anuttarasamyaksambodhi is a Sanskrit term that means perfect elnightenment.
7 Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone completely beyond, Awakening, svāhā!