gate, gate (ssa)

Catalog ID: W-50
Translation: gone, gone, everyone gone now...
First Line: gate, gate, paragate
Composer: brian tate
Author: buddhist mantra
Voicing: ssa
Accompaniment: piano
Language: sanskrit
Country: canada
Series: anton armstrong choral series
Other: 1999 cd04 best


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The Sanskrit text of Gate gate which appears at the end of the "Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra" is generally regarded as the essence of Buddhist teaching.  "Gate" means gone.  Gone from the suffering to the liberation of suffering.  Gone from forgetfulness to mindfulness.  Gone from duality to non-duality.  "Gate gate" means gone, gone.  "Paragate" means gone all the way to the other shore.  Gone, gone, gone all the way over.  In Parasamgate, "sam" means everyone, the entire community of beings.  Everyone gone over to the other shore.  "Bodhi" is the light inside, enlightenment, or awakening.  And "svaha" is a cry of joy or excitement, like Halleluia!  Gone, gone, gone all the way over, everyone gone to the other shore, enlightenment, svaha!

recorded on cd-04; see also: S-100: ssaatb

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