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Gate Gate

A Buddhist song by Canadian composer and choral director Brian Tate.

Brian Tate describes the meaning of “Gate”:

The Sanskrit text of Gate Gate which appears at the end of the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra is regarded as the essence of Buddhist teaching. Gate means gone. Gone from 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.

In “Parasamgate”, “sam” means everyone, the entire community of beings. “Bodhi” is the light inside, enlightenment, or awakening. And “svaha” is cry of joy or excitement, like “Halleluia!”. Gone Gone Gone all the way over, everyone gone to the other shore, enlightenment, svaha!

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