Is this the Heart Sutra?

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Is this the Heart Sutra?

Postby wukong » Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:31 pm

A friend showed me this lovely present they were given when they went to China. I can't read Chinese but it seems to me to be the Heart Sutra, but too short to be the Diamond Sutra. Can anybody confirm?

Many thanks in advance

Wukong

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Re: Is this the Heart Sutra?

Postby Joth » Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:36 pm

yes...
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Re: Is this the Heart Sutra?

Postby Kaji » Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:02 am

I'll second that - yes, it is the Heart Sutra.

Is that handwritten and hand-drawn on a leaf? Looks like it is stuck to a white piece of paper - is it framed for hanging? I hope it is not made into a bookmark, as that might cause improper placement of and disrespect to the sutra.

It seems to be from the Ling Yi Temple (灵隐寺, or in traditional Chinese characters 靈隐寺): http://www.lingyinsi.org
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Re: Is this the Heart Sutra?

Postby Huifeng » Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:25 am

Heart sutra written on a bodhi tree leaf.

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Re: Is this the Heart Sutra?

Postby wukong » Sun Nov 25, 2012 3:44 pm

Thanks for your replies on this. A friend of mine was given it while on a trip to china. He was given this as a present on a visit to Lin yi monastery. So well done on spotting that. He is a surgeon and was quite tickled to learn it is called the Heart Sutra. Incidentally, doesn't sutra and suture come from the same root?

It is handwritten on a large leaf (pipal?) and mounted within a nice glass frame and impeccably packaged, so treated with great respect.

Thanks again

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