Heart Sutra

The Heart Sutra (also know as the Heart of Perfect Wisdom Sutra or Essence of Wisdom Sutra) is a well-known Mahāyāna Buddhist scripture that is very popular among Buddhists both for its brevity and depth of meaning. As the definitive example of prajna paramita (Perfection of Wisdom) literature, the Heart Sutra represents one of the highlights of the Mahāyāna corpus by stating that all things are, at heart, radically empty (Śūnyatā). This epistemologically-nullifying realization is seen as the epitome of the “perfection of wisdom” in Mahāyāna philosophy. Such a realization can be seen as representing one type of deep spiritual awareness.

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