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Short Prajnaparamita Sutras

The Heart of Perfect Wisdom, Short form

Avalokita, the Holy Lord and Bodhisattva, was moving in the deep course of the wisdom which has gone beyond...

  1. He looked down from on high, he beheld but five heaps, and he saw that in their own being they were empty
  2. Here, O Sariputra,
    form is emptiness, the very emptiness is form.
    Emptiness does not differ from form, nor does form differ from emptiness;
    whatever is emptiness, that is form, whatever is form, that is emptiness.
    The same is true of feelings, perceptions, impulses, and consciousness.
  3. Here, O Sariputra,
    all dharmas are marked by emptiness,
    they are neither produced nor stopped,
    neither defiled nor immaculate
    neither deficient nor complete.
  4. Therefore, O Sariputra, where there is emptiness
    there is neither form nor feeling, nor perception, nor impulse, nor consciousness,
    no eye, no ear, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind,
    no form, nor sound, nor smell, nor taste, nor touchable, nor object of mind,
    no sight organ element, etc. until we come to no mind-consciousness element;
    there is no ignorance, no extinction of ignorance, etc. to no decay and death, nor extinction of decay and death;
    there is no suffering, nor origination, nor stopping, nor path;
    there is no cognition, no attainment, nor non-attainment.
  5. Therefore, Sariputra, owing to a Bodhisattva's indifference to any kind of personal attainment,
    and through his having relied on the perfection of wisdom,
    he dwells without thought-coverings.
    In the absence of thought-coverings he has not been made to tremble,
    he has overcome what can upset,
    in the end sustained by Nirvana.
  6. All those Buddhas who have appeared in the three periods of time through having relied on the perfection of wisdom they fully awake to the utmost, right, and perfect enlightenment.
  7. Therefore one should know the Prajnaparamita
    as the great spell, the spell of great knowlege, the utmost spell, the unequalled spell, allayer of all suffering, in truth, for what could go wrong?  By the Prajnaparamita has this spell been delivered.
    It runs like this: 

    GONE, GONE, GONE BEYOND, GONE ALTOGETHER BEYOND, O WHAT AN AWAKENING, ALL HAIL

    GATE, GATE, PARAGATE, PARASAMGATE, BODHI, SOHA [me]

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