SIT-A-LONG with JUNDO: Heart Sutra XXII

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We have seen the Buddha's teaching of the Four Noble Truths, the cause and end to Suffering (Dukkha) via the medicine of the Eightfold Path ...

It is the Path that Bodhisattvas (let's say "Beings in Search of Enlightenment") walk in order to gain Wisdom and Enlightenment, liberation from Suffering.


But let's again recall what the Heart Sutra is saying about all this ...

... that the Truths, the Path, the Suffering, the Bodhisattvas, the Wisdom and Enlightenment are all burned away in the fires of Emptiness ...

... yet that realization of Emptiness --IS-- the attaining of that Truth, the fruition of the Path, the end of Suffering, the gaining of Wisdom and Enlightment by those Bodhisattvas!

Kind of like saying that the best way for a person, thinking herself a "prisoner", to escape from an imaginary prison is not to tunnel through the illusory walls, but to realize that the fictional prison and the walls are just a dream ... and that so is any "person" who is a "prisoner"

[There are no Noble Truths of] suf/fer/ing/, nor/ cause/ or/ end/ to/ suf/fer/ing/;

No/ [Eightfold] Path/, no/ wis/dom/ and/ no/ gain/.

No/ gain/ – thus/ Bo/dhi/satt/vas/ live/ this/ Praj/na/ Pa/ra/mi/ta [Perfection of Wisdom]





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