Thich Nhat Hanh: Write Your Own Heart Sutra

The Heart Sutra is “the essence of the Buddha’s teachings on wisdom,” according to Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh. It is writing that is chanted every day. Your Heart Sutra is in your own words, from your own heart, and no one else’s.

Write your own Heart Sutra! Learn how Thich Nhat Hanh suggests you do this here:

“There are moments when we feel very grateful for the other person in our life. … Withdraw yourself to a quiet room and write down your feeling of gratitude. [This is your Heart Sutra.] This moment of gratitude is a moment of enlightenment, of mindfulness, of intelligence. It is a manifestation from the depths of your consciousness. … Keep your Heart Sutra in a sacred place. Try to chant your sutra often.”

Adapted from Anger, by Thich Nhat Hanh (Riverhead Books, 2001).

From the Wisdom Keeper Series at Care2.


Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago


Jeremy Schanche
Jeremy Schanche3 years ago

It's also worth reading and studying the original Heart Sutra...... :-)

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Julie W.
Jules W.4 years ago


Danielle I.
Danielle I.4 years ago


Winn Adams
Winn Adams4 years ago


Kenneth D.
Kenneth Davies4 years ago

noted thanks

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peggy p.
peggy p.4 years ago

absolute truth