The Heart Sutra: my translation

The Heart Sutra

as translated by Daniel ‘Dharmavirya’ Scharpenburg


The Heart of the Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom.


When the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
was meditating deeply in great wisdom,
he discovered the emptiness of all things,
thereby transcending all suffering.

He said to his student,

Sariputra, everything is the same as nothing

and nothing is the same as everything.
Everything is precisely nothing and nothing precisely everything.
So also are sensation, perception, will, and consciousness.
Sariputra, this voidness of all dharmas
it has no beginning nor does it have an ending,
not impure, not pure, does not increase or decrease.
In voidness there is no form,
and no sensation, perception, will or consciousness;
no eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind;
no sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, thought;
there is no realm of the vision
all the way up to no realm of awareness.
There is no ignorance and there is no knowledge
through to no aging and death and no ending of birth and life.
There is no suffering, no cause of suffering,
no end of suffering, and no path.
There is no wisdom nor any attainment.
With nothing to attain, Bodhisattvas relying on great wisdom
have no delusions in their minds.
Having no delusions, there is no fear
and departing far from confusion and delusion,
they unleash their Buddha nature.
All past, present and future Buddhas,
relying on transcendent wisdom, attain Enlightenment.
Therefore, know that transcendent wisdom
is the great mantra of power,
the great mantra of wisdom, the supreme mantra,
the mantra with no equal,
which is able to remove all sufferings from delusion.
It is real and not false.
Therefore recite the mantra of Transcendent Wisdom:
Going, going, going on beyond, always going. Always becoming a Buddha!”

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