Hannya Shingyo

The essence of Prajna-paramita Sutra
Hannya Shingyo

The Japanese name for the origin sutra is Hannya kyo,and hannya is transliteration of the Indian words "prajna" or "panna".
The word means "wisdom," meaning the ability to know truth. It is distinguished from wisdom in the ordinary sense.
The Wisdom Sutra is not actually a single title, but is the collective name for a group of sutras which teach that enlightenment is attained via the perfection of wisdom.
They include the 600-fascicle Dai-hannnya kyo, Daibon hannya kyo , and the Shobon hannnya kyo.
The Essence of Prajna-paramita Sutra, Hannya shingyo, which distills the essence of The Great Wisdom Sutra in a mere 260-odd charactors, is probaboly the most popular.

(How to chant the sutra is up to the Soto Zen sect.)

hannya singyo

The Bodhisattva of true Freedom and Compassion, through the profound practice of the Great Wisdom, understands that the body and the five aggregates (sensation, perception, thought, activity, conscience) are but Void, Ku,

and through this understanding, he helps those who suffer. O Sariputra, phenomena are not different from the Void, and the Void is not different from the phenomena. Phenomena become Void

and the Void becomes the phenomena. (Form is Void and Void is Form), and the five aggregates are themselves phenomena. O Sariputra, every existence has this characteristic of the Void.

There is no birth(beginning) , no death(ending) , no purity, no stain, no increase and no decrease. For this reason, in the Void, there is no form,

no aggregate, no eye, no ear, no nose, no tongue, no body, no conscience; there are no colors, no sounds, no smells, no taste, no touch, no object of thought;

no knowledge, no ignorance, no illusion of decline and death;

no origin of pain, no cessation of pain; no wisdom, no profit, no non-profit

For the Bodhisattva, due to this Wisdom which leads further,

exist no fear, no apprehension. All illusion, every attachment are removed and he can seize the ultimate end of life, the Nirvana. Every Buddha of the past, present and future,

through this incomparable and unsurpassable mantra which allows to find the authentic reality,

the Void, can attain the understanding of this Supreme Wisdom

which frees from every suffering.

Here is this mantra:

"Go, go, go together further than beyond on the shore of the satori."

Hannya shingyo.

Special thanks to Mr.Proulx.


Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, doing deep prajna paramita,
Clearly saw the emptiness of all the five conditions,
Thus completely relieving misfortune and pain.
O Shariputra, form is no other than emptiness, emptiness
no other than form;
Form is exactly emptiness, emptiness exactly form.
Sensation, conception, discrimination, awareness, are
likewise like this.
O Shariputra, all dharmas are forms of emptiness, not born,
not destroyed;
Not stained, not pure, without loss, without gain;
So in emptiness there is no form, no sensation, conception,
discrimination, awareness;
No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind;
No color, sound, smell, taste, touch, phenomenon;
No realm of sight....... no realm of consciousness;
No ignorance and no end to ignorance
No old age and death, and no end to old age and death;
No suffering, no cause of suffering, no extinguishing, no
No wisdom and no gain. No gain and thus
The bodhisattva lives prajna paramita
* With no hindrance in the mind. No hindrance, therefore
no fear,
Far beyond deluded thoughts, this is nirvana.
All past, present, and future Buddhas live praina paramita,
And * therefore attain anuttara-samyak-sambodhi.
Therefore know, prajna paramita is the
The great mantra, the vivid mantra,
The best mantra, the unsurpassable mantra,
It completely clears all pain - this is the truth, not a lie.
So set forth the Prajna Paramita Mantra,
Set forth this mantra and say:
Gate! Gate! * Paragate! Parasamgate!
* Bodhi svaha! Prajna Pamita Sutra.

The source of those illustlations and explanations are by Soto-shumucho's

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