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Heart Sutra and Shunryu Suzuki



5-20-13 - Jack Van Allen sent this 6th century Heart Sutra a while back.

5-17-13 - Commentary by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

IN THE PRAJNA PARAMITA SUTRA the most important point, of course, is the idea of emptiness. Before we understand the idea of emptiness, everything seems to exist substantially. But after we realize the emptiness of things, everything becomes real—not substantial. When we realize that everything we see is a part of emptiness, we can have no attachment to any existence; we realize that everything is just a tentative form and color. Thus we realize the true meaning of each tentative existence. When we first hear that everything is a tentative existence, most of us are disappointed; but this disappointment comes from a wrong view of man and nature. It is because our way of observing things is deeply rooted in our self-centered ideas that we are disappointed when we find everything has only a tentative existence. But when we actually realize this truth, we will have no suffering. - Tricycle magazine

Earlier post on Shunryu Suzuki's "translation" of the Heart Sutra.

Two links to the version Allen Ginsberg chanted:

The version of the Heart Sutra "translation" by Suzuki chanted by Allen Ginsberg - the Zen Site

Zen Site source of the above - Rockument dot com

Version of the Heart Sutra Shambhala (Trungpa) sangha uses. (thanks Howie)

more to come on this - DC


5-15-12 - Shunryu Suzuki “Translations” of the Heart Sutra. The basic English meaning printed beneath the Sino-Japanese on Sokoji chant cards. #2 - This one for the two sided chant card that was in use when I arrived at Sokoji in the late summer of 1966. - DC.

Variations in English between the 1962 four-sided card and the later two-sided card.

- thanks Chris Modec-Halverson for carefully getting this all on disc


5-15-12 - Shunryu Suzuki “Translations” of the Heart Sutra. The basic English meaning printed beneath the Sino-Japanese on Sokoji chant cards. #1 - This one for the four sided chant card for the May 20, 1962 installation of Suzuki as abbot of Sokoji. - thanks Chris Modec-Halverson