The Heart Sutra (A Paraphrase)

guanyin-painting
When the heart of compassion walked through the gate of wisdom, she looked into the body of the world and each of us, seeing each of us and the world itself is boundless. And with this all suffering vanished.

Dear one, all things are boundless; the boundless is nothing other than all things. Everything in itself is boundless; Boundlessness is all things. This is true of us and our feelings, experiences, and consciousness itself.

Dear one, the stuff of the world is boundless. It is not born, it does not die. It is not impure, nor is it pure. It neither increases nor diminishes. And so within boundlessness there is no eye, no ear, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind; no sight, sound, smell, taste, objects of touch; no field of existence; no ignorance and no ending of ignorance; no old age and death and no ending of old age and death. There is no suffering, no gain, no loss, no path, and no wisdom or attaining of wisdom.

Understanding this boundlessness, the pure hearted one is free. Without entanglements the true person of the way is not afraid.

The pure and unexcelled way.

All the sages of past and present and future attain to this truth and find freedom.

And so this becomes the great mantra, supreme and unexcelled, it removes all suffering.

Gate gate paragate parasamgate Bodhi svaha!

Going, going, always going on beyond. Always going on beyond. Blessings!

Gone, gone, gone beyond. Completely gone beyond. Blessing and blessing!

"Thank you for this post. It's lovely. I've long preferred to use the term "monk" ..."

Confession of a Married Monk: A ..."
"thanks so much for this exposition"

Dogen’s Fukanzazengi & the Koan of ..."
"Really, you think atheists and Buddhist would appreciate that? Makes sense if you view God ..."

St Francis and a Blessing for ..."
"This is so excellent... especially in how it culminates with the inevitability of "everydayness" which ..."

Dogen’s Fukanzazengi & the Koan of ..."

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!


What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment