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Sutra Book: The Great Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra – Sung Version


Text of the Great Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra (short version.) Musical score by PZI’s Richie Dominge, 2007, is in a separate post.

The Great Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra

—Musical score by Richie Dominge, 2007, in a separate post


Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva,

Living in deep Prajnaparamita,

Clearly saw all five skandhas empty,

Crossed beyond all suffering and misery.


Listen, Shariputra, listen –

Form is emptiness,

Emptiness is form.

Form is exactly emptiness,

Emptiness exactly form.

The same is true of feeling and perception.

The same is true of memory and consciousness.


Listen, Shariputra, listen –

All paths are marked by emptiness.

Not born, not destroyed,

Not stained, not pure,

Without loss, without gain.


In emptiness no form, no feeling,

No perception, no memory, no consciousness.

No eye, no ear, no nose.

No tongue, no body, no mind.

No color, no sound, no smell.

No taste, no touch, no thought.

No seeing and so on to no thinking.


No ignorance, no end of ignorance.

No old age and no death.

No ending of old age and death.

No suffering, no cause or end to suffering.


No path, no wisdom and no gain.

Since there is nothing to gain,

The bodhisattva lives in Prajnaparamita.

Since there are no walls in the mind,

There is no fear.

Far beyond all delusion,

Nirvana is already here.

All past, present and future buddhas,

Taking shelter in Prajnaparamita,

Awaken to perfect enlightenment.


Therefore know the sacred and bright mantra,

The mantra of Prajnaparamita,

The supreme and unsurpassed mantra,

By which all suffering is healed,

Is truth not deception.

The mantra in Prajnaparamita

Is spoken like this:


“Gate gate paragate 

parasamgate bodhi svaha!”


(Translation: “Gone, gone, into the gone beyond, completely into the gone beyond, awakening, at last!”)