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mantra from the heart sutra


The Middle Way:
("The great mantra, the mantra of great knowledge, the utmost mantra, the unequalled mantra, the allayer of all suffering.")

Gate gate
Bodhi svāhā

[Gone gone
Gone beyond
Gone utterly beyond...
Praise to Awakening.]

{the gist of the end of the 'heart sutra' itself:


When Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara was practicing the profound Prajna Paramita, he illuminated the Five Skandhas and saw that they are all empty, and he crossed beyond all suffering and difficulty.

[Shariputra,] form does not differ from emptiness; emptiness does not differ from form. Form itself is emptiness; emptiness itself is form. So too are feeling, cognition, formation, and consciousness.

[Shariputra,] all Dharmas are empty of characteristics. They are not produced, not destroyed, not defiled, not pure; and they neither increase nor diminish. Therefore, in emptiness there is no form, feeling, cognition, formation, or consciousness; no eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, or mind; no sights, sounds, smells, tastes, objects of touch, or Dharmas; no field of the eyes up to and including no field of mind consciousness; and no ignorance or ending of ignorance, up to and including no old age and death or ending of old age and death. There is no suffering, no accumulating, no extinction, and no Way, and no understanding and no attaining.}

It's not either/or, it's neither/nor.

None of the Above


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