Thursday, June 5, 2008

MEDITATION ON EMPTINESS (based on The Prajna Paramita Hridaya Sutra)

“How should any son of the lineage or daughter of the lineage train who wishes to practice the activities of the profound perfection of wisdom?” The bodhisattva mahasattva arya Avalokitesvara said this to the venerable Sharavadiputra. “Shariputra, any son of the lineage or daughter of the lineage who wishes to practice the activity of the profound perfection of wisdom should look upon it like this, correctly and repeatedly beholding those five aggregates also as empty of inherent nature.”

Form is empty. Emptiness is form. Emptiness is not other than form; form is also not other than emptiness. (x 3)
TADYATHA GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA (x 3)

Feeling is empty. Emptiness is feeling. Emptiness is not other than feeling; feeling is also not other than emptiness. (x 3)
TADYATHA GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA (x 3)

Discrimination is empty. Emptiness is discrimination. Emptiness is not other than discrimination; discrimination is also not other than emptiness. (x 3)
TADYATHA GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA (x 3)

Compositional factors are empty. Emptiness is compositional factors. Emptiness is not other than compositional factors; compositional factors are also not other than emptiness. (x 3)
TADYATHA GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA (x 3)

Consciousness is empty. Emptiness is consciousness. Emptiness is not other than consciousness; consciousness is also not other than emptiness. (x 3)
TADYATHA GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA (x 3)

All the 5 aggregates - form, feeling, discrimination, compositional factors and consciousness are empty. Emptiness is the 5 aggregates - form, feeling, discrimination, compositional factors and consciousness. Emptiness is not other than the 5 aggregates - form, feeling, discrimination, compositional factors and consciousness; the 5 aggregates - form, feeling, discrimination, compositional factors and consciousness is also not other than emptiness. (x 3)
TADYATHA GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA (x 3)

All phenomena are emptiness; without characteristic; unproduced, unceased; stainless, not without stain; not deficient, not fulfilled. Emptiness are all phenomena. Emptiness is not other than all phenomena; all phenomena are also not other than emptiness- without characteristic; unproduced, unceased; stainless, not without stain; not deficient, not fulfilled. (x 3)
TADYATHA GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA (x 3)

In emptiness there is no form, no feeling, no discrimination, no compositional factors, no consciousness;
In emptiness, there is no eye, no ear, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind;
In emptiness, there is no visual form, no sound, no odour, no taste, no object and no phenomenon.
In emptiness, there is no eye element, no ear element, no nose element, no tongue element, no body element and so on up to and including no mind element and no mental consciousness element. (x 3)
TADYATHA GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA (x 3)

In emptiness there is no ignorance, no extinction of ignorance and so on up to and including no aging and death and no extinction of aging and death. (x 3)
TADYATHA GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA (x 3)

In emptiness, there is no suffering, origination, cessation and path; (x 3)
TADYATHA GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA (x 3)

In emptiness, there is no exalted wisdom, no attainment and also no non-attainment. (x 3)
TADYATHA GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA (x 3)

Because there is no attainment, bodhisattvas rely on and dwell in the perfection of wisdom, the mind without obscuration and without fear. Having completely passed beyond error, they reached the end point of nirvana. All the Buddhas who dwell in the three times also manifestly, completely awaken to unsurpassable, perfect, complete enlightenment in reliance on the perfection of wisdom. (x 3)
TADYATHA GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA (x 12) or as many times as possible and dwell on emptiness.

Repeat the entire process a few times.

- This is a method written on 5.6.08. This method is written after obtaining a direct inspiration from Choden Rinpoche’s teaching on Heart Sutra given at LDC on 12.4.08 (sat).

1 comment:

ornamentalmind said...

Very nice! Thank you.
Did he share how he translates the mantra into English? I've heard different versions, even from the erudite.