Heart Sutra Practice

om ah dhih hum svaha

om namo bhagavatyai arya-prajnaparamitayai

  REFUGE AND BODHICITTA

Until we achieve enlightenment, all sentient beings and I
Go for refuge to the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.
Trough the virtues I collect by giving and the other excellences,
May I become enlightened for the benefit of all. (3X)

 PRELIMINARIES

Homage to the Teacher, the Blessed One, and Great Mother Prajnaparamita, surrounded by your Sons, the Buddhas of the ten directions, and all Bodhisattvas. I prostrate to this assembly, make offerings, and go for refuge. Please empower me with your blessings.

 THE SUTRA OF THE HEART OF THE PERFECTION OF WISDOM

Arya-Bhagavati-prajnaparamita-hrdaya-sutram

Thus I have heard: At one time, the Blessed One was dwelling in Rajagriha on Massed Vultures Mountain, together with a great assembly of monks and a great assembly of Bodhisattvas. At that time the Blessed One was absorbed in the concentration of the countless aspects of phenomena called Profound Illumination.

At that time also, Noble Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva, the Great Being, was looking perfectly at the practice of the profound perfection of wisdom, perfectly looking at the suchness of inherent existence of the five aggregates.

Then, through the power of Buddha, the venerable Shariputra said to the Noble Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva, the Great Being; “How should a son of the lineage train who wishes to engage in the practice of the profound perfection of wisdom?”

Thus he spoke, and the Noble Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva, the Great Being, replied to the venerable Shariputra as follows;

“Shariputra, whatever son or daughter of the lineage wishes to engage in the practice of the profound perfection of wisdom should look perfectly like this: subsequently looking perfectly and correctly at the suchness of inherent existence of the five aggregates.

Form is emptiness; emptiness is form. Emptiness is not other than form; form also is not other than emptiness. Likewise, feeling, discrimination, compositional factors and consciousness are empty. Shariputra, like this, all phenomena are merely empty, having no characteristics. They are not produced and do not cease. They have no defilement and no separation from defilement. They have no decrease and no increase.

Therefore, Shariputra, in suchness there is no form, no feeling, no discrimination, no compositional factors, no consciousness. There is no eye, no ear, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind, no form, no sound, no smell, no taste, no tactile object, no phenomenon. There is no eye element and so forth, up to no mind element, and also up to no element of mental consciousness. There is no ignorance and no exhaustion of ignorance, and so forth, up to no ageing and death and no exhaustion of ageing and death. Likewise, there is no suffering, origin, cessation or path; no exalted wisdom, no attainment and also no non-attainment.

Therefore, Shariputra, because there is no attainment, all Bodhisattvas rely on and abide in the perfection of wisdom; their minds have no obstructions and no fear. Passing utterly beyond perversity, they attain the final state beyond sorrow. Also, all the Buddhas who perfectly reside in the three times, relying upon the perfection of wisdom, become manifest and complete Buddhas in the state of unsurpassed, perfect and complete enlightenment.

“Therefore, the mantra of the perfection of wisdom, the mantra of great knowledge, the unsurpassed mantra, the equal-to-the-unequalled mantra, the mantra that thoroughly pacifies all suffering, since it is not false, should be known as the truth. The mantra of the perfection of wisdom is proclaimed:

TAYATHA OM GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SO’HA

It is thus:

OM Gone, gone, perfectly gone, perfectly gone beyond to Enlightenment. Surrender!

“Shariputra, a Bodhisattva, a Great Being, should train in the profound perfection of wisdom in this way.”

Then the Blessed One arose from that concentration and said to the Noble Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva, the Great Being, that he had spoken well. “Good, good, O son of the lineage. It is like that. Since it is like that, just as you have revealed, the profound perfection of wisdom should be practiced in that way, and the Tathagatas will also rejoice.”

When the Blessed One had said this, the venerable Shariputra, the Noble Avalokiteshvara, the Great Being, that entire assembly of disciples, as well as the worldly beings —gods, humans, demi-gods and spirits— were delighted and highly praised what had been spoken by the Blessed One.

REQUEST TO OVERCOME HINDRANCES

Great Mother, Prajnaparamita, and all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the ten directions, through the power of your blessings may these true words of mine be achieved. Just as before, when by contemplating the profound meaning of the perfection of wisdom and reciting its words, the King of Heaven overcame all the harm of obstructers, non-humans, and others, in the same way, by my contemplating the profound meaning of the perfection of wisdom and reciting its words:

May all the harm caused by obstructers, non-humans, and others be overcome.

May all harm become non-existent.

May all beings be pacified.

May they be thoroughly pacified.

DEDICATION

May all hindrances, diseases, and obstructers be pacified.
May we be separated from unfavorable conditions.
May we achieve favorable conditions and every excellence.
Through this merit may there be now happiness and health.

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About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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