The Heart Sutra in
When the holy Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara had truly grasped the transcendent wisdom, he
realized that visible form is only illusion. The same applies to
its perception, to its names and categories, to discriminative
intellect and finally even to our consciousness. They are all
illusion. With this realizaton he was beyond all sorrow and
Disciple Sariputra! The material is not different from the
immaterial. The immaterial and the material are in fact one and
the same thing. The same applies to perception, concepts,
discriminative thinking and consciousness. They are neither
existing nor not existing.
Sariputra! All things therefore they are in themselves not good
and not bad, they are not increasing and not decreasing.
Therefore one may say there are no such things as form,
perception, concepts, thinking process, and consciousness. Our
senses such as eye, ear, nose, tongue, body and mind are
misleading us to illusion; thus one may also say there is no
reality in visible form, sound, smell, taste, touch and
mindknowledge. There are also no such things as the realms of
sense from sight up to mind, and no such things as the links of
existence from ignorance and its end to old age and death and
their end. Also the Four Noble Truths* are nonexistent, just as
there is no such thing as wisdom and also no gain.
Because the holy Bodhisattva who relies on transcendent wisdom
knows that there is no gain, he has no worries and also no fear.
Beyond all illusion he has reached the space of highest Nirvana.
All Buddhas of the past, present and future, found highest
perfect knowedge because they relied on transcendental wisdom.
Therefore we ought to know that the great verse of the
transcendent wisdom is unsurpassed in its splendor, and that it
appeases truly all pain**. It reads:
GATE, GATE, PARAGATE, PARASAMGATE BODHISVAHA!
(Go, do it, make the step, you all must break through to the
Absolute, then you will be immediately enlightened.)
* Four Noble Truths: Life means suffering; The origin of
suffering is attachment; The cessation of suffering is
attainable; The path to the cessation of suffering.
** pain: The more appropriate word may be "suffering".