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Offline healthandpeace

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Re: Heart Sutra questions
« Reply #30 on: February 26, 2015, 11:20:37 am »
Here is another translation, written by Thay on September 11, 2014.

The Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore


Avalokiteshvara
while practicing deeply with
the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore,
suddenly discovered that
all of the five Skandhas are equally empty,
and with this realisation
he overcame all Ill-being.

“Listen Sariputra,
this Body itself is Emptiness
and Emptiness itself is this Body.
This Body is not other than Emptiness
and Emptiness is not other than this Body.
The same is true of Feelings,
Perceptions, Mental Formations,
and Consciousness.

“Listen Sariputra,
all phenomena bear the mark of Emptiness;
their true nature is the nature of
no Birth no Death,
no Being no Non-being,
no Defilement no Purity,
no Increasing no Decreasing.

“That is why in Emptiness,
Body, Feelings, Perceptions,
Mental Formations and Consciousness
are not separate self entities.

The Eighteen Realms of Phenomena
which are the six Sense Organs,
the six Sense Objects,
and the six Consciousnesses
are also not separate self entities.

The Twelve Links of Interdependent Arising
and their Extinction
are also not separate self entities.
Ill-being, the Causes of Ill-being,
the End of Ill-being, the Path,
insight and attainment,
are also not separate self entities.

Whoever can see this
no longer needs anything to attain.

Bodhisattvas who practice
the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore
see no more obstacles in their mind,
and because there
are no more obstacles in their mind,
they can overcome all fear,
destroy all wrong perceptions
and realize Perfect Nirvana.

“All Buddhas in the past, present and future
by practicing
the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore
are all capable of attaining
Authentic and Perfect Enlightenment.

“Therefore Sariputra,
it should be known that
the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore
is a Great Mantra,
the most illuminating mantra,
the highest mantra,
a mantra beyond compare,
the True Wisdom that has the power
to put an end to all kinds of suffering.
Therefore let us proclaim
a mantra to praise
the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore.

Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha!
Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha!
Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha!”

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Offline Vishvavajra

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Re: Heart Sutra questions
« Reply #31 on: March 04, 2015, 05:37:12 pm »
Yes, that's a good one. "Phenomena" is an in-context translation of what "dharmas" is being used to mean here. The problem is that the word has several distinct usages. In early Buddhist philosophical jargon, a "dharma" is a discrete element of reality, rather than a path or a teaching. Avalokitesvara is saying that all things that are conventionally held to be the building-blocks of reality are themselves empty of self-nature, being subject to dependent origination. Therefore there is no reducing things down to essentials, since there are ultimately no essentials to reduce down to.

It's a repudiation of Abhidharmic atomism as well as a teaching that leads to liberation, since the emptiness of all things is synonymous with dynamic potentiality; lack of solidity suggests openness. In this way there are ultimately no defilements to bind us. The problem with using the word "dharmas" is that not everybody has studied the philosophical context of two thousand years ago when this was first composed. A shame, since the beautiful simplicity of this sutra is such that one does not need to study a lot of ancient philosophy to get to the heart of it.

 


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