Day 13: Koyasan, Japan


Spent over two hours sutra-copying. It was difficult and I probably did it wrong, but it was very peaceful. The Heart Sutra of Perfection of Wisdom:

When the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara was practicing the profound perfection of wisdom, he discerned clearly that the five aggregates are empty, and thereby became free from all suffering.

Sariputra, matter is not different from emptiness, emptiness is not different from matter; matter is nothing other than emptiness, emptiness is nothing other than matter. Of sensation, conception, predisposition, and consciousness the same can be said.

Sariputra, all things are characterized by emptiness; they neither arise nor cease; they are neither defiled nor pure; neither do they increase nor decrease.

Therefore, in emptiness there is no matter, no sensation, no conception, no predisposition, no consciousness; no eye, ear, tongue, body, mind; no form, sound, scent, physical sensation, objects of mind; no act of seeing … and no act of mental cognition.

There is no ignorance, no extinction of ignorance … and no old age and death, no extinction of old age and death. There is no suffering, no origination of suffering, no annihilation of suffering, no noble path.

There is no wisdom and no attainment, because there is no object to be attained.

The Bodhisattva has no mental obstruction because of his reliance on the perfection of wisdom. Because he has no obstructions, he has no fear.

Being free from a delusional views, he reaches the ultimate leave of Nirvana.

All the Buddhas of the past, present, and future attain perfect enlightenment by relying on the perfection of wisdom. Therefore, know that the perfection of wisdom is the great mantra, the mantra of great wisdom, the highest mantra, the peerless mantra, which is capable of removing all suffering; it is true and not false. This is the mantra of the perfection of wisdom: Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone altogether beyond, awakening, hail!

The Heart Sutra


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