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    Hannya Shingyo Sutra

    Namaste

    I attended a ZEN workshop on ‚Hannya Shingyo‘ (heart) sutra.
    http://www.zen-deshimaru.com/en/zen/...yo-heart-sutra
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8ajU3syci4

    It was said that it was composed in Sanskrit and translated into Chinese and Japanese. Thus I think it must be Hindu origin, bacause, as far as I know, Buddha spoke Pali, not Sanskrit.

    How is this sutra called in Hinduism?

    Thanks
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    Re: Hannya Shingyo Sutra

    Namaste India Lover

    Heart sutra in sanskrit is Prajñāpāramitāhṛdaya

    Basic translation

    Prajñā~ Wisdom, although it has a much wider meaning, directly related to jnana or that which knows

    pāramitā~ perfection


    hṛdaya~ heart. consciousness, the center of being

    Siddharta did not speak Pali, the Theravadin Cannons were recorded in Pali approx 100-300 years after. Siddharta would have spoken local dialect of the time.

    Later mahayana texts were formally written and recorded in sanskrit due to its more perfected grammar. The Chinese would often come to India and record and then translate dharma shastra back into classical Chinese characters.

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    Re: Hannya Shingyo Sutra

    Thank you so much, markandeya 108 dasa

    Now I learned about the interesting history. May be some forum members like to read about it too.

    On https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQqQRuEjB9Y

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mah%C4...4%81%C5%9Byapa

    https://www.ancient-buddhist-texts.net/Texts-and-Translations/Short-Pieces-in-Sanskrit/Prajnaparamita-Hrdaya.pdf

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