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Shakyamuni Buddha w/ Stone Carved Heart Sutra

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Shakyamuni Buddha, known as "the enlightened one" or "the awakened", is the sage who founded Buddhism and its teachings. These teachings concern the quest for one's liberation from suffering and reaching enlightenment. In most Buddhist traditions, Shakyamuni is regarded as the Supreme Buddha.

Engraved on this statue is the Heart Sutra, it is a well-known Mahāyāna Buddhist sutra that is very popular among Mahāyāna Buddhists, both for its brevity and depth of meaning. Its Sanskrit name Prajñāpāramitā Hṛdaya literally translates to the "Heart of the Perfection of Transcendent Wisdom." The Heart Sutra could be said to be the best known and most popular of all Buddhist scriptures.

Cold Cast Bronze         H:7.5"
The Heart Sutra

Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, meditating deeply on Perfection of Wisdom, saw clearly that the five aspects of human existence are empty*, and so released himself from suffering.  Answering the monk Sariputra, he said this:

Body is nothing more than emptiness,
emptiness is nothing more than body.
The body is exactly empty,
and emptiness is exactly body.

The other four aspects of human existence --
feeling, thought, will, and consciousness --
are likewise nothing more than emptiness,
and emptiness nothing more than they.

All things are empty:
Nothing is born, nothing dies,
nothing is pure, nothing is stained,