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< The Heart Sutra of Mahāprajñāpāramitā :    English>

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The Heart Sutra of the Perfection of Wisdom Proclaimed by the Buddha


When Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva was practicing the Deep Perfection of Wisdom,

he perceived that  all five aggregates are empty.

He transcended all suffering and distress.


“Shariputra, form is not different from emptiness, emptiness is not different from form.

Form is exactly emptiness, emptiness is exactly form.

Perception, thought, action, and consciousness are also like this.

Sariputra, this is the empty nature of all phenomena that,

not born, not dying; not defiled, not pure; not increasing, not decreasing.

Therefore, in emptiness, there is no form, no perception, thought, action, or consciousness.

No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, or mind. No color, sound, smell, taste, touch, or phenomena.

No realm of sight, and so on up to no realm of consciousness.

No ignorance and also no end to ignorance,

and so on up to no old age and death and no end to old age and death.

No suffering, origination, cessation, path.

No wisdom and also no attainment, because there’s nothing to attain.


Bodhisattva relies on the Perfection of Wisdom, therefore

the mind has no obstacles. Having no obstacles, therefore there is no fear.

Far apart from all perverted views, therefore they finally reach Nirvana.

All Buddhas of the three times, by relying on the Perfection of Wisdom

attain the Supreme and Perfect Enlightenment.


Therefore, know the Perfection of Wisdom.

It is the great divine mantra, it is the great illuminating mantra,

it is the supreme mantra, it is the unequalled mantra.

That can eliminate all suffering, it is true and not false.


Therefore, I proclaim the mantra of the Perfection of Wisdom.

I then proclaimed the mantra, saying:

   Gate Gate Pāragate

   Pārasaṃgate Bodhi Svāhā

This concludes my Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom.”