Saga Dawa Düchen Heart Sutra Recitation Complete
June 8, 2020
Tadyathā Om Gate Gate Pāragate Pārasaṃgate Bodhi Svāhā
There is nothing better to recite than the Heart Sutra from every point of view.
— Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
With Rinpoche’s precious teaching, we successfully completed the first-ever 24-hour Heart Sutra global recitation rally, jointly hosted by Khyentse Foundation and Siddhartha’s Intent Global, on the auspicious Saga Dawa Düchen. We thank Rinpoche for this wonderful opportunity to accumulate merit and dedicate it to all sentient beings. Thank you all for participating. It was so much fun.
We are very happy to share here the specially compiled Heart Sutra chanting video, audio file, and English and Sanskrit texts for you to download for your own practice.
About this video and audio
At the request of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, we have compiled a new choral arrangement of the Heart Sutra presented as a virtual choir. The sutra was sung as separate tracks by more than 30 participants in 10 different countries, which were then edited together to create the choral arrangement. The melody is based on a musical setting of the “Nilakantha Dharani,” a dharani associated with Avalokiteshvara in Japanese Buddhism, written by Kanho Yakushiji, a Zen priest. The translation of the Heart Sutra was done by the Nalanda Translation Committee, the video editing by Sophie Perks, and the choral arrangement by Harry Einhorn. Produced and practiced with the intention of pacifying the turmoil of the world at this time, in the words of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, “May we invoke love, kindness, and healing, and open our hearts for the earth.”