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Heart Sutra

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here is a new version of the heart sutra, this time the Dharmachakra translation. May it be virtuous!


The Heart Sūtra

The Essence of Perfect Wisdom

In Sanskrit: Bhagavatī-prajñāpāramitā-hṛdaya

In Tibetan: Bcom ldan ‘das ma shes rab kyi pha rol tu

phyin pa’i snying po

In English: The Essence of the Blessed Lady, Perfect


Thus have I heard at one time. The Blessed One was

staying at Vulture Peak in Rajgir together with a great

saṇgha of monks and a great saṇgha of bodhisattvas.

At that time the Blessed One entered into a meditation

on the teaching called Profound Illumination. At that

same time, the great bodhisattva, the great being, Noble

Avalokiteśvara, while considering profound practice of

perfect wisdom, saw the five aggregates to be empty of


Then due to the Buddha’s power, Venerable Śāriputra

said to the bodhisattva, the great being, Noble

Avalokiteśvara, “How should a son or daughter of noble

family who wishes to practice profound perfect wisdom


When he had been asked this, the bodhisattva, the great

being, Noble Avalokiteśvara replied to Venerable

Śariputra, “A son or daughter of noble family who

wishes to practice profound perfect wisdom should see

things like this: he or she should correctly see the five

aggregates to be empty of nature. Form is emptiness.

Emptiness is form. Emptiness is not other than form.

Form is not other than emptiness. Sensation,

perception, karmic formation, and consciousness are

likewise empty. Śāriputra, in that way all phenomena are

emptiness; they lack characteristics, they are unborn,

unceasing, unstained, free from stain, not deficient, nor


Thus Śāriputra, in emptiness there is no form, no

sensation, no perception, no karmic formations, no

consciousness. There is no eye, no ear, no nose, no

tongue, no body, no mind, no form, no sound, no taste,

no smell, no texture, no mental objects. There is no

domain of the eye up to no domain of the mind, all the

way up to no domain of the mental consciousness.

There is no ignorance, no exhaustion of ignorance, up

to no aging and death, all the way up to no exhaustion of

aging and death. Likewise there is no suffering, no origin

of suffering, no cessation of suffering, no path, no

wisdom, no attainment, no non-attainment.

Thus, Śāriputra, since a bodhisattva has no attainment,

he or she relies upon perfect wisdom and thus has no

mental obscuration and no fear. Because of this the

bodhisattva goes beyond all that is mistaken and reaches

perfect nirvāṇa.

All of the buddhas of the three times, as well, fully

awaken to complete and perfect unsurpassed awakening

in reliance on perfect wisdom. Therefore the mantra of

perfect wisdom, the great knowledge mantra, the

unsurpassed mantra, the mantra that is equal to the

unequaled, the mantra that completely pacifies all

suffering should be known as true since it is

undeceiving. The mantra of perfect wisdom is said like


tadyathā gate gate pāragate pārasaṃgate bodhi svāhā

Śāriputra, a bodhisattva, a great being, should train in

perfect wisdom in that way.”

Then the Blessed One arose from meditation and said

to Noble Avalokiteśvara, “Excellent! Excellent! Son of

noble family, it is like that! Son of noble family, it is just

like that! Perfect wisdom should be practiced just as you

have taught, and the Thus-gone Ones will rejoice.”

When the Blessed One said this the Venerable

Śāriputra, the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara and their

entire retinues, as well as the world with its gods,

humans, asuras, and gandharvas rejoiced and praised

what the Blessed One had said.

This completes the Noble Essence of Perfect Wisdom.

Translated by the Dharmachakra Translation Committee.

This translation is dedicated to the good health and long life of

our precious gurus.


released August 16, 2016
vocal and production by Rodrigo Reijers




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