The Heart Sutra
(c. 350 CE)

Chinese text of the Heart Sūtra by Yuan dynasty
artist and calligrapher Zhao Mengfu (1254-1322)

Just the Facts:
  • Name: Prajñāpāramitā Hṛdaya Sutra
  • Also known as: The Heart Sutra
  • Dates: c. 350 CE
  • Place: India
  • Language: Sanskrit
  • What it is: Indian Buddhist text; like the Diamond, one of the shortest, densest of sutras. It is said to contain the "heart" of all Buddhist wisdom literature, which is that all existence is empty.

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