reason that talismans work is because what we see as reality is
not real. Everything around us is just an illusion. That is why
we can use a symbol to represent reality. By reading the heart
sutra every day we can begin to better understand the nature of
life and the way that talismans work.
Avalokitesvara, while moving in the deep course of Prajnaparamita, shed light
on the five skandhas and found them equally empty. After this penetration, he
overcame all pain.
form is emptiness, emptiness is form; form does not differ from emptiness, emptiness
does not differ from form. The same is true with feeling, perception, intention
all dharmas are marked with emptiness; they are neither produced nor destroyed,
neither defiled nor immaculate, neither increasing nor decreasing. Therefore,
in emptiness there is no form, feeling, intention, or consciousness; no eyes,
ears, nose, tongue, body, or mind; no forms, sounds, smell, tastes, touches, or
mental objects; nor is there the realm ofthe eyes, up to and including the realm
of mind consciousness. There is no ignorance or ending of ignorance; up to and
including no decay and death or ending of decay and death. There is no suffering,
no origination of
suffering, no extinction of suffering, and no path; no knowledge and also no attainment.
"Because there is no attainment, the bodhisattvas, supported by the Prajnaparamita,
find no obstacles for their minds. Having no obstacles, they overcome fear, liberating
themselves forever from illusion and realising perfect Nirvana. All Buddhas in
the past, present, and future, through reliance upon Prajnaparamita, arrive at
full, right, and universal Enlightenment.
one should know that Prajnaparamita is a great spiritual mantra, a great wisdom
mantra, a supreme mantra, an unequalled mantra. It destroys all suffering because
it is the incorruptible truth. A mantra of Prajnaparamita should therefore be
proclaimed. This is the mantra:
"GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHISVAHA."
"gah-teh gah-teh, pah-ra-gah-teh, pah-ra-sum-gah-teh, boo-di so-ha"