The Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra

From the depths of prajna wisdom
the Bodhisattva of Compassion saw into the emptiness
of every construct, and so passed beyond all suffering.
Know then that in such depths form is only emptiness,
emptiness only form.
Form is emptiness, emptiness is form.

This is true of feelings, perceptions, impulses
and the rest of consciousness.

All these, by their very nature, are emptiness,
being neither born nor dying, stained nor pure,
waxing nor waning.

So in emptiness there is neither form,
feelings, perceptions, impulses or consciousness;
no eye, ear, nose, tongue, body or mind;

no form, sound, smell, taste, touch or object of the mind;
no element of sight nor any other element of consciousness;

no ignorance, no old age or death;
no extinguishing of ignorance, old age or death;
no suffering, no beginning or end, no path,
no wisdom, no attainment.

The Bodhisattva who dwells in this perfect wisdom,
attaining nothing, is not entrapped by delusive fantasies
and where there are no such obstacles there can be no fear.

Now, beyond all delusions, one reaches ultimate Nirvana.
Having practiced this same Great Wisdom Gone Beyond,
All Buddhas in the past have come to supreme enlightenment
Know then that this peerless mantra, this true mantra
of the highest wisdom, unfailingly relieves all suffering
and so proclaim it –

Gone, gone beyond, gone altogether beyond
Awakened – fulfilled
Heart of Great Wisdom

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