Archive for August, 2009

Auckland Zen Podcast

Friday, August 28th, 2009

I think it’s great that the Auckland Zen Centre has started doing podcasts. They’re only just up and can be found at

I’ve only listened to the first one, which was a teisho given by Amala sensei immediately following her teacher-sanctioning ceremony in New York. It’s called “Sangha & Interbeing”.

I enjoyed this talk, especially the parts on renunciation and sangha. She points to the western focus on increasing productivity puts community at the bottom of the pile. I’m doing some work with a community organisation at the moment who seem themselves as a connective tissue between community groups. The idea of the discipline of community makes a lot of sense. Something that a Tibetan teacher at the beginning of last century pointed to with his idea of units of goodwill.

I’m looking forward to listening to more.

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The Heart Sutra

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

“When the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara.”

“Was Coursing in the Deep Prajna Paramita.”

“He Perceived That All Five Skandhas Are Empty.”

“Thus He Overcame All Ills and Suffering.”

“Oh, Sariputra, Form Does not Differ From the Void,
And the Void Does Not Differ From Form.
Form is Void and Void is Form;
The Same is True For Feelings,
Perceptions, Volitions and Consciousness.”

“Sariputra, the Characteristics of the
Voidness of All Dharmas
Are Non-Arising, Non-Ceasing, Non-Defiled,
Non-Pure, Non-Increasing, Non-Decreasing.”

“Therefore, in the Void There Are No Forms,
No Feelings, Perceptions, Volitions or Consciousness.”

“No Eye, Ear, Nose, Tongue, Body or Mind;
No Form, Sound, Smell, Taste, Touch or Mind Object;
No Realm of the Eye,
Until We Come to No realm of Consciousness.”

“No ignorance and Also No Ending of Ignorance,
Until We Come to No Old Age and Death and
No Ending of Old Age and Death.”

“Also, There is No Truth of Suffering,
Of the Cause of Suffering,
Of the Cessation of Suffering, Nor of the Path.”

“There is No Wisdom, and There is No Attainment Whatsoever.”

“Because There is Nothing to Be Attained,
The Bodhisattva Relying On Prajna Paramita Has
No Obstruction in His Mind.”

“Because There is No Obstruction, He Has no Fear,”

“And He passes Far Beyond Confused Imagination.”

“And Reaches Ultimate Nirvana.”

“The Buddhas of the Past, Present and Future,
By Relying on Prajna Paramita
Have Attained Supreme Enlightenment.”

“Therefore, the Prajna Paramita is the Great Magic Spell,
The Spell of Illumination, the Supreme Spell,
Which Can Truly Protect One From All Suffering Without Fail.”

“Therefore He Uttered the Spell of Prajnaparmita,
Saying Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha.”

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