The Heart Sutra

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The Heart Sutra / Prajnaparamita
Mother of the Buddha’s Wisdom

The Heart Sutra is considered the Heart Essence of a much broader teaching, the Prajnaparamita, which means "supreme transcendent wisdom" or "absolute truth". Referred to as the Mother of the Buddha’s Wisdom it is the realization of emptiness within all appearances, Just as a child cannot be born without a mother, likewise a Buddha cannot be born without relying upon the “Mother” of the perfection of wisdom. The Heart Sutra describes a dialog between Buddha Shakyamuni’s disciple Shariputra and the bodhisattva Avaloketeshvara at Vulture Peak Mountain, India. In their discussion, which is actually an expression of the Buddha’s meditation, they reveal the wisdom of Prajnaparamita, the Great Mother.

the mantra of The Prajnaparamita:
Tadyatha Om Gate Gate Para Gate Para Sam Gate Bodhi Sva Ha

The union of compassion and wisdom, the cause of the Buddha’s enlightenment.


from Mother of the Buddhas, released May 1, 2004



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