The Great Heart Mantra
(Courtesy of Great Vow Zen Center)
Maha Prajna Paramita Mantra
"gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha"
Heart of Great Perfect Wisdom Sutra
Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva, when deeply practicing Prajna Paramita, clearly saw that all five aggregates are empty and thus relieved all suffering.
"Shariputra, form does not differ from emptiness, emptiness does not differ from form, form itself is emptiness, emptiness itself form. Sensations, perceptions, formations, and consciousness are also like this.
"Shariputra, all dharmas are marked by emptiness; they neither arise nor cease, are neither defiled nor pure, neither increase nor decrease.
"Therefore, given emptiness, there is no form, no sensation, no perception, no formation, no consciousness; no eyes, no ears, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind; no sight, no sound, no smell, no taste, no touch, no object of mind; no realm of sight, no realm of mind consciousness.
"There is neither ignorance nor extinction of ignorance; neither old age and death, nor extinction of old age and death; no suffering, no cause, no cessation, no path; no knowledge and no attainment.
"With nothing to attain, a Bodhisattva relies on Prajna Paramita, and thus the mind is without hindrance.
"Without hindrance, there is no fear. Far beyond all inverted views, one realizes Nirvana.
"All Buddhas of past, present, and future rely on Prajna Paramita and thereby attain unsurpassed, complete, perfect enlightenment.
"Therefore, know the Prajna Paramita as the great miraculous mantra, the great bright mantra, the supreme mantra, the incomparable mantra, which removes all suffering and is true, not false.
"Therefore we proclaim the Prajna Paramita Mantra, the mantra that says:
"Gate Gate Paragate ParaSamgate Bodhi Svaha."
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This mantra serves for the contemplation and realization of the supreme truth that liberates from passion and from guilt. Its reality is that of the great liberation from the vow to relieve all suffering. If we see suffering, we see it in ourselves and are still not yet free.
The true realization of the truth expressed in this mantra enables us to live lives of compassion, free of guilt and compulsion. Liberation is guilt-free compassion.
The essence of this realization may be expressed as "there are no victims, only masters making choices, or souls following orders". This may be difficult to understand if you are still relying upon your understanding, so rely upon the recitation of the mantra in conjunction with your meditative, contemplative practice from whatever school or way you are learning from, and you will surely come to realize it and attain the freedom to express your natural, guilt-free compassion throughout your life.
Gate means gone. Gone from suffering to the liberation of suffering. Gone from forgetfulness to mindfulness. Gone from duality into non-duality. Gate gate means gone, gone. Paragate means gone all the way to the other shore. So this mantra is said in a very strong way. Gone, gone, gone all the way over. In Parasamgate sam means everyone, the sangha, the entire community of beings. Everyone gone over to the other shore. Bodhi is the light inside, enlightenment, or awakening. You see it and the vision of reality liberates you. And svaha is a cry of joy or excitement, like "Welcome!" or "Hallelujah!" "Gone, gone, gone all the way over, everyone gone to the other shore, enlightenment, svaha !"
THAT IS WHAT the bodhisattva uttered.
Chant of Boundless Compassion
Absorbing world sounds
Awakens a Buddha right here!
This Buddha the source of compassion!
This Buddha receives only compassion!
Buddha, Dharma, Sangha – just compassion.
Thus the pure heart always rejoices!
In the light recall this!
In the dark recall this!
Moment after moment the true heart arises.
Time after time there is nothing but THIS!