Friday, December 15, 2017

Is The Heart Sutra The Shinning Gem?

The sutra that is rejected by half the Buddhist world means different things to different people.

Its beauty, to me, neither a Buddhist nor non, is that it says nothing.

If you try to understand what it is trying to say, you will go half crazy.

There is no truth and there is no illusion. All are one. That says a lot about nothing.

How can that that affirms also denies?

Well, it can. Because Avolokita was as blur as the sotong when it came to nirvana, a concept that has no substance and no form.

Why speak it then?

Because if you remain silent people think you are ignorant.

Really, ignorance is knowldge and knowledge is ignorance. Both are form and non-form.

Both are equally valid and invalid.

Sotongs speak like that.

But enjoy, if you will.

I did.



The Heart Sutra
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Listen, Shariputra,
Form is emptiness, emptiness is form.
Form is not other than emptiness;
Emptiness is not other than form.
The same is true with feelings, perceptions, mental formations and consciousness.



Here, Shariputra,
All dharmas are marked with emptiness.
They are neither produced nor destroyed.
Neither defiled nor immaculate.
Neither increasing nor decreasing.
Therefore, in emptiness there is neither form, nor feeling, nor perceptions.
No mental formations, no consciousness.
No eye, no ear, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind.
No form, no sound, no smell, no taste, no touch, no objects of mind.
No realms of elements from eyes to mind consciousness.
No interdependent origins and no extinction of them.
(From ignorance to death and decay)
No ill-being, no cause of ill-being, no end of ill-being, and no path.
No understanding, no attainment.



Because there is no attainment,
The Bodhisattvas, grounded in perfect understanding,
Find no obstacles for their minds.
Having no obstacles, they overcome fear,
Liberating themselves forever from illusion and realizing perfect nirvana.
All Buddhas in the past, present, and future, thanks to this perfect understanding,
Arrive at full, right, and universal enlightenment.



Therefore one should know that perfect understanding
Is the highest mantra,
The unequalled mantra,
The destroyer of ill-being
The incorruptible truth.
A mantra of prajnaparamita should therefore be proclaimed.
This is the mantra:

Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi svaha.
Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi, svaha.
Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi, svaha.


The Mantra - Enjoy!


Notes:
Gate - Gone
Paragate - Gone to the other shore
Sam - Completely
Bodhi - Awakening
Svaha - So Be It, Well Said, Amen


The Mantra In Essence:-

Gone Gone
Gone To The Other Shore
Completely Gone To The Other Shore
Oh, What An Awakening!
Amen

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