We talk Heart Sutra & a little bit of background info on some of my pilgrimages to lands associated with Siddharta Gautama, the most famous Buddha (or who we think of when we hear the word). So far I have had the blessing to visit Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Dharamshala and sacred sites in Nepal such as Shyambunath and Namobuddha Monastery.
I recite a snippet of the English translation followed by a complete recitation of the Heart Sutra in Japanese.
The key concept behind the Heart Sutra is the recognition that emptiness and form exist simultaneously – and that the Void is all that is and all there is is Void at the end of the day.
Forms and states change, but that state where nothingness and fullness are One is the only permanence that remains, if you can even call it that. It has profound lessons for the aspiration that is compassionate detachment, centered in the Heart Chakra.
It is an experience that ultimately no words or concepts can convey
There are many versions and readings of the Heart Sutra and I encourage you to find that which resonates most with your Heart.
This is what I have to share on it.
Whilst a modern reinterpretation, I find this version able to channel the flow in way that uplifts and remains true to the core:
Recited by Kanho Yakushij of Ikkyu-ji Temple,Kyoto i
(there is a written translation for you to follow along with in the description)
Recited by 60 monks from various countries via teleconferencing (with Kanho Yakushij, also featuring Pema Chodron):
108 Zen Soto priests chant this in a Traditional Style (with prayers before and after):
Blessings and Love
Dr Bairavee The Sky Priestess