When Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara was practicing the profound Perfection
of the Wisdom (prajñā parāmitā), he
illuminated the Five Appearances (skandha) and saw that they
are all empty (shunya), and he crossed beyond all suffering
Shāriputra, form does not differ from emptiness; emptiness
does not differ from form. Form itself is emptiness; emptiness itself
is form. So too are feeling, cognition, formation, and consciousness.
Shāriputra, all teachings (dharma) are empty of characteristics.
They are not produced, not destroyed, not defiled, not pure; and
they neither increase nor diminish. Therefore, in emptiness there
is no form, feeling, cognition, formation, or consciousness; no
eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, or mind; no sights, sounds, smells,
tastes, objects of touch, or dharmas; no field of the eyes
up to and including no field of mind consciousness; and no ignorance
or ending of ignorance, up to and including no old age and death
or ending of old age and death. There is no suffering, no accumulating,
no extinction, and no Way, and no understanding and no attaining.
Because nothing is attained, the Bodhisattva through reliance on
prajñā parāmitā is unimpeded in his
mind. Because there is no impediment, he is not afraid, and he leaves
distorted dream-thinking far behind. Ultimately Nirvana! All Buddhas
of the three periods of time attain anuttarā-samyak-sambodhi
through reliance on prajñā parāmitā.
Therefore know that prajñā parāmitā
is a Great Spiritual Mantra, a Great Bright Mantra, a Supreme Mantra,
an Unequalled Mantra. It can remove all suffering; it is genuine
and not false. That is why the Mantra of Prajna Paramita was spoken.
Recite it like this: Gaté Gaté Paragaté
Parasamgaté. Bodhi Svaha!