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Heart Sutra Mantra Update

Photo by Edward Faulkner

A little more than two months ago, Jennifer Lauck and I began reciting the Heart Sutra Mantra (Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate bodhi svaha) for the people of Japan after the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power facility. The Dalai Lama asked people to pray the Heart Sutra for Japan, we decided to keep going until we had recited 100,000 mantra. Along the way, other people joined us and added their mantra. Yesterday, we reached 100,000 mantra.

I’ll be going back to my regular meditation practice now.

Thanks to everyone who took part. Many blessings to all.



I love Japan. I love to read translated Japanese literature, especially Haruki Murakami’s books. I think I watch at least as many Japanese movies as I do American ones, and I am so heartbroken for the Japanese people.

The Dalai Lama asked people to recite the Heart Sutra for victims and survivors of the earthquake and tsunami.

Jennifer Lauck and I are praying the Heart Sutra mantra, gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha for the people of Japan.

Wikipedia has this translation of the mantra: “Gone gone, gone beyond, gone altogether beyond, O what an awakening, all hail!”


Please join us. Every mantra matters. Jennifer is keeping an ongoing count and we’re up to about 3000.