The Sūtra of the Glorious Perfection of Wisdom’s Heart

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Prajñāpāramitā
Bhagavatīprajñāpāramitāhṛidayasūtra
 ༄། །བཅོམ་ལྡན་འདས་མ་ཤེས་རབ་ཀྱི་ཕ་རོལ་ཏུ་ཕྱིན་པའི་སྙིང་པོའི་མདོ།།
 The Sūtra of the Glorious Perfection of Wisdom’s Heart

 Homage to the glorious perfection of wisdom.

Thus have I heard. Once, the Glorious One was residing at Vultures’ Peak in Rājagṛiha together with a great assembly of monks and a great assembly of bodhisattvas. At that time, the Glorious One abided evenly in the samādhi of the aspects of phenomena called “Illumination of the Profound.” Also at the same time, the noble Avalokiteśhvara, the bodhisattva mahāsattva, beholding the practice of the profound perfection of wisdom, observed that even the five aggregates are empty of nature. Then, by the power of the Buddha, the venerable Śhāriputra said this to the noble Avalokiteśhvara, the bodhisattva mahāsattva, “How should a son of the lineage or a daughter of the lineage train, who wishes to practice the profound perfection of wisdom?”

Addressed in this way the noble Avalokiteśhvara, the bodhisattva mahāsattva, said this to the venerable Śhāriputra: “Śhāriputra, the son of the lineage or the daughter of the lineage who wishes to practice the profound perfection of wisdom should observe in this way: they should view correctly that even the five aggregates are empty of nature. Matter is emptiness. Emptiness is matter. Emptiness is not other than matter; matter is not other than emptiness. In the same way, feeling, apperception, formation and consciousness are empty. Thus, Śhāriputra, all phenomena are emptiness, without characteristic, unproduced, unceased, unstained, unseparated from stain, undiminished, unfilled. Therefore, Śhāriputra, in emptiness there is no matter, no feeling, no apperception, no formation, no consciousness; no eye, no ear, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind; no appearance, no sound, no smell, no taste, no touch, no phenomenon; no eye constituent until no mental constituent up to and including no mental consciousness constituent; no ignorance, no extinction of ignorance until no aging and death up to and including no extinction of aging and death. In the same way there is no suffering, origin, cessation or path; no wisdom, no attainment, no nonattainment. Therefore, Śhāriputra, because bodhisattvas have no attainment they rely on and abide in the perfection of wisdom. Their minds having no obscuration, they have no fear and passing entirely beyond falsity they completely pass beyond sorrow. All the Buddhas who abide in the three times by relying also on the perfection of wisdom have fully awakened into the unsurpassable, true and complete enlightenment. Therefore, the mantra of the perfection of wisdom is the mantra of great insight, the mantra of the unsurpassable, the mantra equal to the unequalled, the mantra that thoroughly pacifies all suffering. Because it does not deceive it should be known to be true. The mantra of the perfection of wisdom is stated: tadya thā, oṃ gate gate pāragate parāsaṃgate bodhi svāhā. Śhāriputra, in that way bodhisattva mahāsattvas should train in the profound perfection of wisdom.”

Then, the Glorious One rose from samādhi and praised the noble Avalokiteśhvara, the bodhisattva mahāsattva, “Well done, well done, son of the lineage, it is like that. It is like that, just as you have taught it the profound perfection of wisdom should be practiced. Even the tathāgatas admire it.”

After the Glorious One had thus spoken, the venerable Śhāriputra, the bodhisattva Avalokiteśhvara, the whole assembly and the entire world; the gods, humans, demigods and gandharvas in admiration praised the words of the Glorious One.

sarvamaṅgalaṃ

© Karma Trinlay Rinpoche, translated on the 18th of December 2014.

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3 Responses to The Sūtra of the Glorious Perfection of Wisdom’s Heart
  1. Prof. Dr. Wilfried Schnepp Reply

    Rinpoche, when reciting the Heart Sutra regularly, what will the results be?
    Thank you !
    Wilfried

    • Karma Trinlay Rinpoche Reply

      Understanding the meaning of the teaching conveyed in the Heart Sūtra is very important as it will give you the keys to liberation and awakening. The simple recitation of this Sūtra may also help for protection and to remove obstacles in our life.

      • Amandine Reply

        Merci beaucoup Rinpoche
        😀


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