Heart Sutra

Maka Hannya Haramita Shingyo

The Heart of the perfection of Great wisdom Sutra

Maka Hannya Haramita Shin Gyo*
(The Heart of the Perfection of Great Wisdom Sutra)
In phonetic Japanese

Kan Ji Zai Bo Satsu Gyo Jin Han Nya Ha Ra Mi Ta Ji Sho Ken* Go On Kai Ku Do I Sai Ku Yaku Sha Ri Shi Shiki Fu I Ku / Ku Fu I Shiki Shiki Soku Ze Ku / Ku Soku Ze Shiki Ju So Gyo Shiki Yaku Bu Nyo Ze Sha Ri Shi Ze Sho Ho Ku So Fu Sho Fu Metsu Fu Ku Fu Jo Fu Zo Fu Gen Ze Ko Ku Chu Mu Shiki Mu Ju So Gyo Shiki Mu Gen Ni Bi Ze Shin Ni Mu Shiki Sho Ko Mi Soku Ho Mu Gen Kai Nai Shi Mu I Shiki Kai Mu Mu Myo Yaku Mu Mu Myo Jin Nai Shi Mu Ro Shi Yaku Mu Ro Shi Jin Mu Ku Shu Metsu Do Mu Chi Yaku Mu Toku I Mu Sho Tok ko Bo Dai Sat Ta E Han-Nya Ha Ra Mi Ta* Ko Shin Mu Kei Ge Mu Kei Ge Ko Mu U Ku Fu On Ri Is Sai Ten Do Mu So Ku Gyo Ne Han San Ze Sho Butsu E Han Nya Ha Ra Mi Ta* Ko Toku A Noku Ta Ra San Myaku San Bo Dai Ko Chi Han-Nya Ha Ra Mi Ta Ze Dai Jin Shu Ze Dai Myo Shu Ze Mu Jo Shu Ze Mu To To Shu No Jo Is Sai Ku Shin Jitsu Fu Ko Ko Setsu Han Nya Ha Ra Mi Ta Shu Soku Setsu Shu Watsu


Gya Tei * Gya Tei * Hara Gya Tei * Hara So Gya Tei*
Boji Sowa Ka Han Nya Shin Gyo


Transliteration / English Translation

Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, Awakened One of Compassion, in Prajna Paramita the Deep Practice of Perfect Wisdom, Perceived the emptiness of all five conditions, and was free of all suffering. O Shariputra, form is no other than emptiness, emptiness no other than form; Form is precisely emptiness, emptiness precisely form. Sensations, perceptions, formations, consciousness are also like this. O Shariputra, all things are expressions of emptiness, Not born, not destroyed; not stained, not pure, neither waxing nor waning. Thus emptiness is not form, not sensation nor perception, not formation nor consciousness. No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind; No sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, nor object of mind; No realm of sight. no realm of consciousness; No ignorance, no end to ignorance No old age and death, no cessation of old age and death; No suffering, nor cause or end to suffering, No path; No wisdom and no gain. No gain – thus Bodhisattvas live this Prajna Paramita with No hindrance of mind. – No hindrance, therefore no fear, Far beyond all delusion, Nirvana is already here. All past, present, and future Buddhas live this Prajna Paramita, And realize Supreme and complete enlightenment. Therefore know that Prajna Paramita is the sacred mantra, the luminous mantra, the supreme mantra, the incomparable mantra, By which all suffering is clear. this is no other than Truth. Therefore set forth the Prajna Paramita Mantra, Set forth this mantra and proclaim :

Gya Tei * Gya Tei * Hara Gya Tei * Hara So Gya Tei*
Boji Sowa Ka Han Nya Shin Gyo

Translation of Gya Tei Gya Tei Hara Gya Tei Hara So Gya Tei Boji Sowa Ka Han Nya Shin Gyo (A seemingly cryptic phonetic statement): Gate! Gate! (Already Gone, Gone)
Paragate! (Already Gone Beyond)
Parasamgate! (Already Fully Beyond)
Bodhi! Svaha! * (Awakening, Rejoice) And of course; ” Hannya Shin Gyo ” is Japanese for Heart Sutra

Following a chanting of the Heart Sutra we usually have a reading of  

A Dedication of Merit

Buddha Nature pervades the whole universe, Reality existing right here now;
In reciting THE HEART OF THE PERFECTION OF GREAT WISDOM SUTRA we dedicate our sincere efforts to:
*Shakyamuni Buddha Honored One; the Historical Buddha and Teacher …
and to those ancestral teachers;
Eihei Dogen Honored One
Soji Keizan Honored One,
All successive Honored Ones up until
Zuigaku Rempo Honored One and
Gudo Wafu Honored One
and to all other Honored Ones throughout history whose names have been forgotten or left unsaid*.
We also dedicate these efforts to the Three Treasures,
Buddha, Dharma, Sangha,
To all Awakened Ones and Teachers in all places and times.

We especially seek tranquility & well being for all creatures now suffering or ill in health.
May they be serene through all their ills.
May their lives be at peace and Wisdom pervade the darkness of ignorance.

We dedicate our hopes and aspirations:
To all victims of war and violence and natural events
To the injured and to all families touched by these tragedies
To the healing of hatred in all countries and among all peoples
To the wisdom and compassion of our world leaders
To the peace of the world and harmony of all beings.

Thus, let the harmful effects of words, thoughts and actions be dispelled
and Compassion bloom in perpetual spring.
May we all realize and live the Enlightened Way together:

Listen to a Karaoke version of the Heart Sutra