The Heart Sutra

The Heart Sutra, which is a teaching on emptiness or shunyata, is the most popular sutra of the Perfection of Wisdom (Skt. Prajñaparamita) collection of Mahayana sutras.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama explains: “Regarding the Heart Sutra, the term heart indicates that among the vast body of teachings on the Prajñaparamita, this text is the very essence—a concise presentation of the teachings elaborated upon in the rest of the prajñaparamita sutras.”

On this page of essential study and practice materials, you will find the Heart Sutra practice text, practice guidelines, audio files with English chants and video teachings.

Practice Materials

Practice Text

The Heart Sutra practice text with Tibetan script, Tibetan phonetics and English translation, in A4 and A5 formats (for download on electronic devices or print).


How to Recite the Heart Sutra

Guidelines explaining how to recite and chant the text of the Heart Sutra.


Audio Files

English chants


Video Teachings

Downloadable Video
Video 01

Beyond words, beyond thought, beyond description

Haileybury, 25 April 2012
Video 02

Averting obstacles from the state of Prajnaparamita

Lerab Ling, 28 April 2002
Video 03

How do you meditate on Prajnaparamita?

Lerab Ling, 29 April 2011
Video 04

Openness: A glimpse of shunyata

Lerab Ling, 13 August 2009