Clearly saw emptiness of all the five conditions,
Thus, completely relieving misfortune and pain,
Form is exactly emptiness, emptiness exactly form;
Not stained, not pure, without loss, without gain;
No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind;
No color, sound, smell, taste, touch, phenomena;
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 path;
The bodhisattva lives prajna paramita
Far beyond deluded thoughts, this is nirvana.
All past, present, and future Buddhas live prajna paramita,
And therefore attain anuttara-samyak-sambodhi.
The best mantra, the unsurpassable mantra;
So set forth the Prajna Paramita Mantra; set forth this mantra and say:
NOTES (WQ) Bodhisattva = a "being bent on enlightenment," particularly (in Mahayana Buddhism) one who forsakes nirvana for the sake of saving other sentient beings.
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