Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha

October 3, 2010

I decided to look up this mantra from the Heart Sutra yesterday (“Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha”), and I ran across this interpretation:

totally gone,
totally completely gone,
so be it.

I kinda like it.

Here’s another interpretation on the Wikipedia web site:

Gone, gone, gone beyond, gone altogether beyond, O what an awakening, all hail!

Personally I prefer the first one ... for some reason the word “totally” in the first interpretation really does it for me, and I like the subtle last line, “so be it.”

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