Sunday, January 18, 2009

Buddhist Chant - Heart Sutra (Sanskrit) by Imee Ooi

The Heart of Perfect Wisdom Sutra or Heart Sutra or Essence of Wisdom Sutra ( is a well-known Mahāyāna Buddhist sutra that is very popular among Mahayana Buddhists both for its brevity and depth of meaning. It is even said to be the best known[and most popular of all Buddhist scriptures.

One can also interpret the mantra as the progressive steps along the five paths of the
Bodhisattva, through the two preparatory stages (the path of accumulation and preparation — Gate, gate), through the first bhumi (path of insight — Pāragate), through the second to seventh bhumi (path of meditation — Pārasamgate), and through the eight to tenth bhumi (stage of no more learning — Bodhi svāhā). The current Dalai Lama explains the mantra in a discourse on the Heart Sutra both as an instruction for practice and as a device for measuring one's own level of spiritual attainment, and translates it as go, go, go beyond, go thoroughly beyond, and establish yourself in enlightenment.