The Heart Sutra: The Womb of Buddhas
The short text of The Heart Sutra is Buddhism in a nutshell. It has had the most profound and wide-reaching influence of any text in Buddhism. Its full title, Prajna Paramita Hrdaya Sutra, "The Sutra of the Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom," explains that this sutra contains the essence of the Buddha's teaching, the core of perfect enlightenment. It is the source of the famous and puzzling declaration, "form is emptiness, emptiness is form." For this new translation into English, Red Pine, award-winning translator of Chinese poetry and religious texts, has utilized various Sanskrit and Chinese versions, refining the teachings of dozens of ancient teachers together with his own commentary to offer a profound word-for-word explication. The result is a wise book of deep teaching destined to become the standard edition of this timeless statement of Mahayana truth.
Gate. Gate. Paragate. Parasungate. Bodhi. Svaha.
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Abhidharma age and death appears arhan attainment Avalokiteshvara Bhagavan birth and death bodhi bodhisattvas body Buddha Buddha's teaching buddhahood Buddhist sects called cease Chen-k'o says Chinese translation Ching-chueh commentary concepts Conze delusions Dependent Origination dharani dharmas disciples domains early Buddhists Eighteen Elements Elements of Perception emptiness is form empty of self-existence entities exist Fa-tsang says Five Skandhas form is emptiness Four Truths Heart Sutra Hinayana hridaya Hsuan-tsang Hui-chung says impermanent India knowledge Kumarajiva Large Sutra Lesser Path liberation longer version Mahayana mantra Maudgalyayana means mind monk Mount Sumeru ness nirvana non-attainment paramita perfect enlightenment Perfection of Wisdom prajna Prajnaparamita put an end reality realize Realm of Desire refers refuge in Prajnaparamita Samyukt Agama Sanskrit Santushita Sarvastivadins sattva scriptures Shakyamuni Shariputra Shastra shravakas suffering take refuge Tathagata tion Tripitaka true emptiness Tunhuang Twelve Abodes understanding unequalled unexcelled views word