We have, so far, a total of seven children in the Youth Workshop, Fo Guang Shan Temple each Sunday at 10:00am! They all want to learn the Heart Sutra so we are going to take a total of eight weeks to learn it by heart and be able to recite it since there are only eight lines to it.
Here is the Heart Sutra for everyone else to practice on and maybe keep up with the children:
The Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Kuan Yin), while practicing
The profound Prajna Paramita, clearly saw that all five skandhas are empty, thus overcoming all suffering.
Form is no different from empty,
Empty no different from form,
Form is just empty,
Empty just form.
Sensation, perception, volition and consciousness
Are also like this.
Sariputra, this is the emptiness of all dharmas:
They neither arise nor cease,
Are neither defiled nor pure,
Neither increase nor decrease.
For this reason within emptiness there is no form,
No sensation, perception, volition or consciousness;
No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body or mind;
No sight, sound, scent, taste, touch or thought;
No seeing … even no thinking;
No ignorance nor end of ignorance, … even
No aging and death, nor end of aging and death;
No suffering, origin, cessation or path;
No wisdom and no attainment.
Because nothing is attained,
Bodhisattvas maintain prajna paramita,
Then their heart is without hindrance,
And since without hindrance, without fear;
Escaping upside-down, dream-like thinking,
And completely realizing nirvana.
All Buddhas of all times maintain prajna paramita,
Thus attaining anuttara-samyak-sambodhi.
Hence know, prajna paramita is
The all-powerful mantra,
The great enlightening mantra,
The unexcelled mantra,
The unequaled mantra,
Able to dispel all suffering.
This is true, not false.
Therefore proclaim the prajna paramita mantra.
Recite the mantra thus:
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha!