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Heart Sutra

Buddhist Heart Sutra http://www.holymtn.com/teapots/sutra.htm Heart of the Prajna-Paramita Sutra, also called Heart Sutra, is the shortest and the most popular sutra in Buddhism. The Heart Sutra is regarded as the summation of the wisdom of Buddha. It explains perfectly the teaching of non-attachment, which is essentially the doctrine of emptiness. The Heart Sutra can be found etched into many styles of Yixing ware. The following is a English translation of the Heart Sutra; also included is phonetic script of the Heart Sutra in Japanese.

When Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva is practising the profound Prajna-paramita, He sees and illuminates to the emptiness of the five skandhas, and Thus attains deliverance from all suffering.

Sariputra, matter is not different from emptiness, and Emptiness is not different from matter. Matter is emptiness and emptiness is matter. So too are sensation, recognition, volition and consciousness.

Sariputra, the emptiness character of all dharmas, neither arises nor ceases, is neither pure nor impure, and neither increases nor decreases.

Therefore, in emptiness: there is no matter, no sensation, recognition, volition or consciousness, no eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, or mind, no sight, sound, scent, taste, tangibles, or dharma, no field of the eye up to no field of mental consciousness, no suffering, no cause of suffering, no ending of suffering, and no path, no wisdom and also no attainment. Because there is nothing obtainable.

Bodhisattvas through the reliance on Prajna-paramita Have no attachment and hindrance in their minds. Because there is no more attachment and hindrance, There is no more fear, and Far away from erroneous views and wishful-thinking, Ultimately : The Final Nirvana.

Therefore, realize that Prajna-paramita is the great wondrous mantra, the great radiant mantra, the unsurpassed mantra, and the unequalled mantra.

It can eradicate all suffering, and It is genuine and not false. Therefore, utter the Prajna-paramita mantra - Chant: Gate Gate Paragate Parasmagate Bodhisvaha!

Kan ji zai bo sa gyo- jin han-nya ha ra mi ta ji sho- ken go on kai ku- do is-sai ku yaku.

Sha ri shi shiki fu I ku- ku- fu I shiki shiki soku ze ku- ku- soku ze shiki. Ju so- gyo- shiki yaku bu nyo ze.

Sha ri shi ze sho ho- ku- so- Fu sho- fu metsu fu ku fu jo- fu zo- fu gen ze ko ku- chu- Mu shiki mu ju so- gyo- shiki mu gen-ni bi zes-shin I mu shiki sho- ko- mi soku ho- mu gen kai nai shi mu I shiki kai mu mu myo- yaku mu mu myo- jin. Nai shi mu ro- shi yaku mu ro- shi jin mu ku shu metsu do- mu chi yaku mu toku I mu sho tok'ko.

Bo dai sat-ta e han-nya ha ra mi ta ko shim-mu kei ge mu kei ge ko mu u ku fu on ri is-sai ten do- mu so- ku gyo- ne han. San ze sho butsu e han-nya ha ra mi ta ko Toku a noku ta ra sam-myaku sam-bo dai. Ko chi han-nya ha ra mi ta ze dai shin shu ze dai myo- shu ze mu jo- shu ze mu to- to- shu no- jo is-sai ku shin jitsu fu ko.

Ko setsu han-mya ha ra mi ta shu soku setsu shu watsu Gya tei gya tei ha ra gya tei hara so- gya tei.

Bodhi sva-ha- ka han-nya shin gyo.

Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo

Kan ze on, na mu butsu, yo butsu u in, yo butsu u en,
bup po so en, jo raku ga jo, cho nen kan ze on, bo nen
kan ze on, nen nen ju shin ki, nen nen fu ri shin.

Harmony of Difference and Sameness

The mind of the great sage of India>/P>
is intimately transmitted from west to east.
While human faculties are sharp or dull,
the Way has no nothern or southern ancestors.
The spiritual source shines clear in the light;
the branching streams flow on in the dark.
Grasping at things is surely delusion;
according with sameness is still not enlightenment.
All the objects of the senses
interact and yet do not.
Interacting brings involvement.
Otherwise each keeps its place.
Sights vary in quality and form,
sounds differ as pleasing or harsh.
Refined and common speach come together in the dark,
clear and murky phrases are distinguished in the light.
The four elements return to their natures
just as a child turns to its mother;
Fire heats, wind moves,
water wets, earth is solid.
Eye and sights, ear and sounds,
nose and smells, tongue and tastes;
Thus with each and every thing,
depending on these roots the leaves spread forth.
Trunk and branches share the essence;
revered and common, each has its speech.
In the light there is darkness,
but don't take it as darkness;
In the dark there is light,
but don't see it as light.
Light and dark oppose one another
like the front and back foot in walking.
Each of the myriad things has its merit,
expressed according to function and place.
Phenomena exist; box and lid fit.
Principle responds, arrow points meet.
Hearing the words, understand the meaning;
don't set up standards of your own. If you don't understand the Way right before you,
how will you know the path as you walk?
Progress is not a matter of far or near,
but if you are confused, mountains and rivers block your way.
I respectfully urge you who study the mystery,
do not pass your days and nights in vain.

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