12 Feb
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During the last week of the retreat at Dharmagiri, we focused on traditional Chan practices (Chinese Zen), which include contemplations and recitations of the well-known (but little understood) Heart Sutra with its famous mantra:
gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi svaha!

(To hear an incredibly beautiful 2-minute recording of this mantra sung by Thanissara and friends, click here.)

Traditional translations of the mantra go something like this:

Gone beyond,
Gone far 
What an awakening,
(Untranslatable Exclamation!!!!)

Kittisaro offered this alternative translation, attributed to his friend and fellow former-monk Paul Breiter:

Everything’s changing,
Everything’s changing,
Everything’s always changing,
And there’s nothing you can do about it,
That’s the way it is,
OH MY GOD!!!!!

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