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The Heart Sutra
(Prajńápáramitá)


Om namo Bhagavatayai Arya-Prajnaparamitayai!
{Bless the beautiful Perfection of Wisdom!}

Koan-se-eum Bosal was in the practice of transcendental wisdom -- in the deep course of wisdom which has gone beyond.

(S)he looked down from on high and saw but five essences of sentient beings -- form, sensation, perception, volition and consciousness -- which, in their own being, were empty.

"Here, Oh Shariputra, Form is Emptiness, Emptiness is Form;
Form does not differ from Emptiness, Emptiness does not differ from Form;
- whatever is Empty, that is Form, whatever is Form, that is Empty!

The same is true of feelings, perceptions, impulses and consciousness!

Oh Shariputra, all Dharmas are marked with Emptiness:
- they have no beginning and no end;
- they are neither imperfect nor perfect, neither deficient nor complete.

Therefore, Oh Shariputra, in emptiness, the five essences of sentient beings do not exist: there is no form, no sensation, no perception, no volition, no consciousness.

- There is no eye, no ear, no nose, no tongue, no body and no mind.

- There are no forms, sounds, smells, and tastes. There are no touchable or objects of the mind, no sight organs, no hearing organs, no smelling organs, no taste organs and no mind consciousness element.

- There is no ignorance or extinction of ignorance, no decay and death, nor extinction of decay and death.

There is no suffering, no origination, no stopping, no path, no cognition, no attainment, nor anything to attain.

There is nothing to accomplish and so Bodhisattvas can rely on the Perfection of Wisdom without trouble.

Being without trouble, they are not afraid.

Having overcome everything upsetting, they attain Nirvana.

All Buddhas who appear in the three periods fully awaken to the utmost, right and perfect enlightenment because they have relied on the Perfection of Wisdom.

Therefore, one should know the Perfection of Wisdom is the great mantra. It is the unequaled mantra, the destroyer of suffering.

Because of this truth, listen to the mantra:

Gate, Gate, Paragate, Para Samgate Bodhisvaha!
{Gone, Gone, Gone beyond, gone utterly beyond. Oh, what an Awakening!}

Iti prajnaparamita-hridayam samptam.
{This completes the Heart of Perfect Wisdom!}

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