For understanding the path of life and clarifying illusion
The Heart of Wisdom Sutra is one of the key books for understanding not only Bhuddhism, but
to know the essential nature of who you are.
Heart Sutra is one of the shortest and the most popular al all the Buddhist
sutras. It states that all phenomena are empty of inherent existence yet exist
dependently, it presents the Buddhist view of both the ultimate and conventional
natures which have been confirmed by modern science as true, (within quantum
physics). Gaining a full understanding of this sutra takes time, dedicated
study, and meditation.
The Heart of Wisdom Sutra lies at the core of Buddhist teachings and is
sometimes described as the Perfection of Wisdom. In publishing this page we
offer thanks to the lineage of teacher and the Buddha's of All the three times.
The Heart of Wisdom Sutra
Thus I have heard: at one time, the Blessed One was dwelling in Rajagriha on
Massed Vultures Mountain together in one method with a great assembly of
monastics and a great assembly of bodhisattvas. At that time, the Blessed One
was absorbed in the concentration of the countless aspects of phenomena called
At that time also Superior Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva, the great being,
was looking perfectly at the practice of the profound perfection of wisdom,
perfectly looking at the emptiness of inherent existence of the five aggregates
Then, through the power of Buddha, Venerable Shariputra said to Superior
Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva, the great being, "How should a child of the
lineage train who wishes to engage in the practice of the profound perfection of
Thus he spoke, and Superior Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva, the great being,
replied to Venerable Shariputra as follows:
"Shariputra, whatever son or daughter of the lineage wishes to engage in the
practice of the profound perfection of wisdom should look perfectly like this:
subsequently looking perfectly and correctly at the emptiness of inherent
existence of the five aggregates also."
"Form is empty; emptiness is form. Emptiness is not other than form; form also
is not other than emptiness. Likewise, feeling, discrimination, compositional
factors and consciousness are empty."
"Shariputra, like this all phenomena are merely empty, having no
characteristics. They are not produced and do not cease. They have no defilement
and no separation from defilement. They have no decrease and no increase."
"Therefore, Shariputra, in emptiness there is no form, no feeling, no
discrimination, no compositional factors, no consciousness. There is no eye, no
ear, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind; no form, no sound, no smell, no
taste, no tactile object, no phenomenon. There is no eye element and so forth up
to no mind element and also up to no element of mental consciousness. There is
no ignorance and no exhaustion of ignorance, and so forth up to no ageing and
death and no exhaustion of ageing and death. Likewise, there is no suffering,
origin, cessation or path; no exalted wisdom, no attainment and also no
"Therefore Shariputra, because there is no attainment, bodhisattvas rely on and
abide in the perfection of wisdom; their minds have no obstructions and no fear.
Passing utterly beyond perversity, they attain the final state beyond sorrow.
Also, all the Buddhas who perfectly reside in the three times, relying upon the
perfection of wisdom, become manifest and complete Buddhas in the state of
unsurpassed, perfect and complete enlightenment."
"Therefore, the mantra of the perfection of wisdom, the mantra of great
knowledge, the unsurpassed mantra, the equal-to-the-unequalled mantra, the
mantra that thoroughly pacifies all suffering, since it is not false, should be
known as the truth.
The mantra of the perfection of wisdom is proclaimed:
tayata gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi soha
(Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone completely beyond, awakened, so be it!)
"Shariputra, a bodhisattva, a great being, should train in the profound
perfection of wisdom like this."
Then the Blessed One arose from that concentration and said to Superior
Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva, the great being, that he had spoken well.
"Good, good, O child of the lineage. It is like that. Since it is like that,
just as you have revealed, the profound perfection of wisdom should be practised
in that way, and the tathagatas will also rejoice."
When the Blessed One had said this, Venerable Shariputra, Superior
Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva, the great being, and that entire assembly of
disciples as well as the worldly beings -- gods, humans, demi-gods and spirits
-- were delighted and highly praised what had been spoken by the Blessed One.
(The noble "Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra" is complete.)
Wikipedia has a good background summary.
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