The full name of Heart Sutra is “Prajna Paramita Hrdaya Sutra”. Written in a simple and concise manner with only 260 words, Heart Sutra delivers a truly profound message, and is a treasured text revered by Confucians, Buddhists and Taoists alike. To promote the philosophy of Heart Sutra, Professor Jao Tsung I, a renowned sinologist, completed the calligraphy of Heart Sutra and dedicated it to the people of Hong Kong in 2002. The Government displayed the calligraphy in the form of a large-scale outdoor wood inscription display near the Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery and Ngong Ping 360 terminal at Ngong Ping on Lantau Island.
Professor Jao’s calligraphy has been carved onto 38 timber columns of 8 m to 10 m in height reminiscent of bamboo tiles (zhujian) used for writing in ancient times. Named “Wisdom Path” in English, the Chinese name of the display derived from such unique design, with literal meaning of “Hear Sutra written on bamboo tiles”. The timber columns have been arranged to correspond to the topography, and in a figure-of-eight configuration (i.e. the symbol of infinity "∞") symbolising infinity. The column at the highest point of the slope is left blank to suggest the concept of "emptiness" (Sunyata), a key theme of Heart Sutra.
To calligraphy lovers and Buddhist, Wisdom Path is a spot that cannot be missed. The tranquillity of the natural environment of the site would also enable visitors to appreciate the masterpiece which combines art and philosophy.
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