Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Heart Sutra 心经

I’ve just looked at older texts. As I once had sent the Heart Sutra in just three tweets into the world, I’d like to share it with you. For the translation I relied on other translations as my proficiency in old Chinese Buddhist texts isn’t very high.
If you look closer at the macro cosmos of galaxies and the micro cosmos of atoms, you might appreciate a vast emptiness.

Here are the three tweets:

般若波罗蜜多经观自在菩 萨,行深般若波罗蜜多时,照见五蕴皆空,度一切苦厄。舍利子,色不异空,空不异色,色即是空,空即是色。 受想行识,亦复如是。舍利子,是诸法空相,不生不灭,不垢不净,不增不减,是故空中无色,无受想行识,#zen #buddhism #heart_sutra

无耳鼻舌身意,无色声 味触法,无眼界,乃至无意识界,无无明,亦无无明尽,乃至无老死,亦无老死尽。无苦集灭道,无智亦无得,以无所得故。菩提萨埵,依般若波罗蜜多故,心无挂碍。无挂碍故,无有恐怖,远离颠倒梦想,究竟涅盘。#zen #buddhism #heart_sutra

三世诸佛,依般若波罗蜜多故,得阿耨多罗三藐三菩提。故知般若波罗蜜多,是大神咒,是大明咒,是无上咒,是无等等咒。能除一切苦,真实不虚。故说般若波罗蜜多咒。即说咒曰:揭谛揭谛,波罗揭谛,波罗僧揭谛,菩提萨婆诃。#zen #buddhism #heart_sutra

When the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (观自在菩萨) was practicing the profound prajnaparamita, he illuminated the five skandhas and saw that they are all empty, and he crossed over all suffering and affliction. 
Form does not differ from emptiness; and emptiness is not different from form. Form itself is emptiness; emptiness itself is form. So, too, are feeling, cognition, formation, and discrimination.
The dharmas are empty. They are neither created nor destroyed, neither defiled nor pure, and they neither increase nor diminish.
There are no eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, or mind. There are no sights, sounds, scents, tastes, feelings, or dharmas. There is no field of vision and there is no field of thoughts.
There is no ignorance nor elimination of ignorance, up to and including no old age and death or the ending of old age and death.
Because nothing is attained, the Bodhisattva relies on prajnaparamita and his mind has therefore no obstructions. Since there are no obstructions, he is not afraid and he leaves backward dream-thinking behind. So his final result is nirvana.
The Buddhas of the three periods of time attain Anuttara-samyaksambodhi (阿耨多罗三藐三菩提), because they rely on prajnaparamita. Therefore, know that prajnaparamita is a great spiritual mantra, a great bright mantra, a supreme mantra, an unequalled mantra. It can remove all suffering. It is genuine and not false. That is why the  prajnaparamita mantra was spoken. Recite it like this: 
jiē dì jiē dì,bō luó jiē dì, bō luó sēng jiē dì,pú tí sà pó hē
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha



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