The Heart Sutra PDF Print E-mail

The Heart Sutra is one of the most popular in Mahayana Buddhism. It comes from the family of Prajnaparamita Sutras. The symbol ⊙ marks the striking of the gong, ⊘ clamping the gong with the wand.

 

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  Heart Sutra
Translation
Gong only:
  ⊙⊙⊙⊘ MAKA HANNYA HARAMITA SHINGYO   The Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra
Everyone:
  ⊙KAN JI ZAI BO SATSU
GYO JIN ⊙HAN NYA HA RA MI TA JI
SHO KEN ⊙GO ON KAI KU
DO IS SAI KU YAKU
  The Bodhisattva of Compassion
sitting in the deepest wisdom
saw the hollowness of things
and snapped the ties
that bound him to suffering
  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
  Sariputra form and formlessness are not two
but one thing
feeling and thought, awareness and will
are formless
all the ways of occurrence
are formless
They aren't made or broken
they don't rise or fall
they're not good or bad
  ZE KO KU CHU
MU SHIKI MU JU SO GYO SHIKI
MU GEN NI BI ZE SHIN I
MU SHIKI SHO KO MI SOKU HO
MU GEN KAI NAI SHI MU I SHIKI KAI
  When all of these are empty
eyes and ears
nose and tongue
body and mind
are gone
Sight and hearing
smell and taste
touch and thought
are gone
all the ways of knowing are gone
  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
  But not knowing is gone too
and stopping not knowing
and the outcomes of not knowing:
wasting away, death
they are all gone
hurt is gone, illness is gone, and the cure for it
wisdom is gone
and its getting.
  I ⊙MU SHO TOKU KO
BO DAI SAT TA
E ⊙HAN NYA HA RA MI TA KO
⊙SHIN MU KEI GE
MU KE GE KO
MU U KU FU
ON RI IS SAI TEN DO MU SO
KU GYO NE HAN
  The Bodhisattva, letting everything go
resting in the deepest wisdom
loses his false bonds and the fears they bring
and comes to the clearest light.
  SAN ZE SHO BUTSU
E ⊙HAN NYA HA RA MI TA KO
TOKU A NOKU TA RA SAN
MYAKU SAN BO DAI
  All the awakened,
those already gone,
those here now,
those yet to come,
through this deep wisdom
become the clearest light.
  KO CHI ⊙HAN NYA HA RA MI TA
ZE DAI JIN SHU
ZE DAI MYO SHU
ZE MU JO SHU
ZE MU TO DO SHU
NOJO IS SAI KU
SHIN JITSU FU KO
KO SETSU ⊙HAN NYA HA RA MI TA SHU
SOKU SETSU SHU WATSU
  So know this flawless wisdom
this bright spell, no others match it,
the best spell, it never fails,
it cures all ill.
This is wisdom's endstop
true beyond mistaking
grasp its truth and bring it forth
  GYA TEI GYA TEI
HA RA GYA TEI
HARA SO GYA TEI
BO JI SOWA KA
  Gone, gone
gone over
gone all the way over
wake up! take heart!
  ⊙HAN NYA SHIN GYO⊘   The wisdom sutra