Heart Sutra

The Heart of Great Perfect Wisdom Sutra

Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva, when practicing deep perfect wisdom,
Clearly saw that all five aspects of self are empty, and thus transcended suffering.
O Shariputra, form does not differ from emptiness;
Emptiness does not differ from form.
Form itself is emptiness, emptiness itself form.
The same is true of feeling, perception, volition, and consciousness.
O Shariputra, all things are marked by emptiness;
They do not arise or cease, are not tainted or pure,
Do not increase or decrease.
In emptiness there is no form, no feeling, no perception, no volition, no consciousness;
No eye, no ear, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind;
No color, no sound, no smell, no taste, no touch, no object of mind;
No seeing and so forth till no consciousness.
There is no ignorance and also no extinction of it, and so forth till
No old age and death, and also no extinction of them.
There is no suffering, no cause, no cessation, no path,
No knowledge and no attainment.
With nothing to attain, bodhisattvas dwell in perfect wisdom
And the mind is no hindrance. Without hindrance, there is no fear.
Far from all deluded views one realizes nirvana.
All buddhas in all eras rely on perfect wisdom
And awaken fully in unsurpassed complete perfect enlightenment.
Therefore know that perfect wisdom is
The great transcendent truth, the great illuminating truth,
The unfailing truth, the peerless truth
That relieves all suffering.
So proclaim the perfect wisdom mantra that says:
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha!
Wisdom Heart Sutra.


Note: The Sanskrit can translate: Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone completely beyond, awakening fulfilled!