Thus I have heard. Once the Blessed One was dwelling in the Royal
Domain of the
Vulture Peak Mountain together with a great assembly of monks and a great assembly
of Bodhisattvas. At that time the Blessed One entered into the samadhi which examines
Dharma known as the "Profound Illumination".
Also at the time the Holy Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva Mahasattva,
the profound course of the Perfection of Wisdom and beheld that the five aggregates
were empty by their own nature.
Then through the power of the Buddha, the elder Shariputra thus said
Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva-Mahasattva, "How should those sons and
daughters of good lineage who wish to practice the profound course of the
Perfection of Wisdom train?"
And the Holy Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva-Mahasattva replied
thus to elder
Shariputra. "Shariputra, those sons and daughters of good lineage who wish to
practice the profound course of the Perfection of Wisdom should look upon it like
this: (they must) rightly see the five aggregates to be empty by their own nature.
Form is emptiness, emptiness is also form; emptiness is not different
and form is also not different from emptiness; in the same way, feeling, perception,
predispositions and consciousness are empty.
Shariputra, likewise all Dharmas are empty without characteristics,
unceasing, not impure, devoid of purity, not deficient, and not complete.
Therefore, Shariputra, in emptiness there is no form, no feeling, no perception,
no predispositions, no consciousness, no eye, no ear, no nose, no tongue, no
body, no mind; no form, no sounds, no smells, no tastes, no touchables and
no objects of mind; from no eye-sphere to no mind sphere, until (arriving at)
no mind-consciousness element.
There is no ignorance, no extinction of ignorance, no extinction
and so forth up to no old age and death, no extinction of old age and death.
Similarly, there is no suffering, origination, cessation and path; no transcendental
knowledge, no attainment and also no non-attainment.
Therefore, Shariputra, since there is no attainment, Bodhisattvas
- by relying
on the Perfection of Wisdom - are fearless through lacking obscurations of
mind; they have passed well beyond the false and have achieved Nirvana. All
the Buddhas of the three times also, having relied upon the Perfection of Wisdom,
fully awake to the unsurpassable, right and complete Enlightenment.
Therefore, the Mantra of the Perfection of Wisdom, the mantra of
the unsurpassable mantra, the unequalled mantra, the mantra which pacifies all
suffering, should be known as the Truth - for there is no deception. The mantra of
the Perfection of Wisdom is pronounced thus:
TADYATHA OM GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATA BODHI SVAHA
Shariputra, the profound Perfection of Wisdom should be learned in
this way by the
Then the Blessed One, having arisen from that samadhi, praised the
Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva-Mahasattva, saying, "Good, good son
of good lineage, it is like that, like that; practicing the Profound Perfection
of Wisdom just as you have shown makes the Tathagatas rejoice."
When the Blessed One said this, the elder Shariputra, the Holy Avalokiteshvara,
the Bodhisattva-Mahasattva, the entire assembly of gods, men, asuras and
gandhavas rejoiced and praised the Blessed One.
This completes the Sutra of the Perfection of Wisdom, the Holy!
TADYATHA OM GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA
(Recite 3 times)
Prostrations to the Guru,
Prostrations to the Buddha,
Prostrations to the Dharma,
Prostrations to the Sangha,
Prostrations to the Great Mother, the Perfection of wisdom.
Relying upon the power and effectiveness of prostrating to you,
May we accomplish this recitation.
Just as the Lord of the gods, Shakra, previously relied upon the
power and effectiveness
of reciting and reflecting upon the profound meaning of the Great Mother, the Perfection
of Wisdom, and so repelled maras and the like, likewise, I also rely upon the power and
effectiveness of reciting and reflecting upon the profound meaning of the Perfection of
Wisdom, and so may all unfavourable conditions for myself and my associates which
should be abandon be repelled (clap hands); may they be destroyed (clap hands); may
they be allayed (clap hands); may they be thoroughly allayed.
(Recite three times from "Namo" to "thoroughly allayed")
Through method, refuge and purification of the pure Mahayana,
May the activities of Mara which completely deceive sentient beings be repelled.