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This is the short version of the Heart Sutra as translated by Xuanzang. It is often cited as the best-known and most popular of all Buddhist scriptures.
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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your heart sutra search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| liù nán / liu4 nan2
The six difficult things— to be born in a Buddha-age, to hear the true Buddha-law, to beget a good heart, to be born in the central kingdom (India), to be born in human form, and to be perfect; see, Nirvana Sutra 23; six difficult attainments
| nǚ ren // nǚ rén / nu:3 ren5 // nu:3 ren2
nü jen // nü
nyonin / にょにん
Woman, described in the Nirvāṇa sūtra 浬槃經 9 as the "abode of all evil", 一切女人皆是衆惡之所住處 The 智度論 14 says: 大火燒人是猶可近, 淸風無形是亦可捉, 蚖蛇含毒猶亦可觸, 女人之心不可得實 "Fierce fire that would burn men may yet be approached, clear breezes without form may yet be grasped, cobras that harbour poison may yet be touched, but a woman's heart is never to be relied upon." The Buddha ordered Ānanda: "Do not Look at a woman; if you must, then do not talk with her; if you must, then call on the Buddha with all your mind"— an evidently apocryphal statement of 文句 8.
| xīn fú / xin1 fu2
The Buddha within the heart: from mind is Buddha hood: the Buddha revealed in or to the mind; the mind is Buddha. 心佛及衆生, 是三無差別 The mind, Buddha, and all the living — there is no difference between the three. i. e. all are of the same order. This is an important doctrine of the 華嚴經 Huayan sutra, cf. its 夜摩天宮品; by Tiantai it is called 三法妙 the mystery of the three things.
| xīn jīng / xin1 jing1
the Heart Sutra
Hṛdaya or 'Heart' Sutra, idem 般若心經; 般若波羅蜜多心經; styled 神分心經 'divinely distributed', when publicly recited to get rid of evil spirits.
|hannyashingyou / hannyashingyo / はんにゃしんぎょう||
| bān ruò xīn jīng / ban1 ruo4 xin1 jing1
pan jo hsin ching
The sutra of the heart of prajñā; there have been several translations, under various titles, the generally accepted version being by Kumārajīva, which gives the essence of the Wisdom Sutras. There are many treatises on the心經; Heart Sūtra
| bō rě bō luó mì / bo1 re3 bo1 luo2 mi4
po je po lo mi
prajña paramita (Sanskrit: supreme wisdom - beginning of the Heart Sutra)
| bō rě bō luó mì duō xīn jīng / bo1 re3 bo1 luo2 mi4 duo1 xin1 jing1
po je po lo mi to hsin ching
the Heart Sutra
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Heart Sutra Title||般若波羅蜜多心經|
|bō rě bō luó mì duō xīn jīng|
bo1 re3 bo1 luo2 mi4 duo1 xin1 jing1
bo re bo luo mi duo xin jing
|po je po lo mi to hsin ching
|Heart Sutra Mantra||揭諦揭諦波羅揭諦波羅僧揭諦菩提薩婆訶|
|jiē dì jiē dì bō luō jiē dì bō luō sēng jiē dì pú tí sà pó hē|
jie1 di4 jie1 di4 bo1 luo1 jie1 di4 bo1 luo1 seng1 jie1 di4 pu2 ti2 sa4 po2 he1
jie di jie di bo luo jie di bo luo seng jie di pu ti sa po he
|chieh ti chieh ti po lo chieh ti po lo seng chieh ti p`u t`i sa p`o ho
chieh ti chieh ti po lo chieh ti po lo seng chieh ti pu ti sa po ho
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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