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Hannya Shingyo: The Heart Sutra

This is one of the most important sutras in Mahayana Buddhism. I chanted it frequently on my pilgrimage, as part of my prayer routine. I will be writing much more about it, but when I was on my Aki Meguri, I carried a beautiful copy lovingly handwritten by my friend and former student Mikako Saito, with wishes for safety and success.

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[2019: You can read the Roman alphabet transliteration of this prayer, as well as a translation, at Holy Mountain Trading Company. Wikipedia has a long article, and it's easy enough to find it in various languages on YouTube. None of this was available when I walked!]

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