Heart Sutra
Giclée Print Set

Typical Gallery Price: $150.00

Starting at: $59.88

Heart Sutra

Heart Sutra / 心經

This is for a 3-piece set of ready-to-frame Giclée prints of the famous Heart Sutra.

Room View of 3-piece Heart Sutra

The Heart Sūtra (Sanskrit: प्रज्ञापारमिताहृदय Prajñāpāramitāhṛdaya or Chinese: 心經 Xīnjīng) is a popular sutra in Mahāyāna Buddhism. Its Sanskrit title, Prajñāpāramitāhṛdaya, can be translated as "The Heart of the Perfection of Wisdom".

The version here was originally written by Zhào Mèngfǔ (趙孟頫) during the Yuan Dynasty. He lived from 1254–1322 AD. This was probably written in the early 1300s. The original is in rough shape with stains, tears, and a few missing bits. Also, it's in a museum and is considered a priceless artifact.

Another calligraphy expert and I spent about 20 hours digitally restoring a high-resolution image so that we could a set of prints that is faithful to the original, yet can be easily framed and displayed in your home or meditation room today.

You will receive a set of 3 unique prints (because the paper is handmade, each one is one-of-a-kind) and all you will need to do is pick out 3 standard picture frames at your local store (such as Michaels). I suggest a rustic wood frame to match the feel of these.

Be sure to hang them on your wall in the same orientation that I show on this page. The Heart Sutra is read vertically in columns that start on the right and proceed to the left.

This item was listed or modified
Oct 31st, 2022

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After you buy some frames, your Heart Sutra can look like this.

Heart Sutra on the wall

They should be arranged like this on your wall

About These High-Quality Prints:

These Giclée prints are made using traditional Asian fine art paper. I have invested over $5000 in my new Giclée fine art printer, and use UV inks that are expected to last 90 years if not hung in direct sunlight.

11x14 prints are in stock for immediate shipping. Other sizes are printed and shipped within 1 business day. Delivery within 3 postal days in the USA!

Size Info:

I create these in standard frame sizes like 8x10, 11x14, 16x20, and huge 24x36. These are frame sizes that you can find at any place that sells frames in the USA. Use a coupon at Michaels and you can choose from frames that start at $12 for 11x14. If you need a different USA size or international metric size, just let me know, and we can work out the details.

If you get the standard size, it will be trimmed to exactly 8x10, 10x14 inches, etc. However, if you are going to buy a frame with pre-cut matting, I can create the print on a larger size sheet. For instance: A 16x20 frame with pre-cut matting will usually have a 11x14 hole for the image - If I print a 11x14 image on a 16x20 sheet, it will be much easier to frame (no need for mounting or hinging tape).
This option costs a few dollars extra per print but will make your life easier if you want to buy a frame that has a pre-cut mat.

These images visually explain the difference:

11x14 Print to Frame Size Info      11x14 Print on 16x20 Sheet to Matted Frame Info

About Paper Choices:

Chinese Grass Fiber Paper

Handmade Grass Fiber

My favorite paper option is Grass Fiber Paper, known in Chinese as Picaozhi (皮草纸). This is a xuān paper (宣紙) with rice straw and fibers pressed into the handmade paper, which gives it a very classic look. The word Picaozhi literally translates as “leather grass paper” because of the warm skin tone and grassy fibers throughout.

The best xuan paper is made from pulp of the Wingceltis (青檀) tree bark and rice straw, and comes from small workshops in the Anhui province of southern China. That’s where I bought this paper.

Wingceltis is in the Cannabaceae family. That’s the same family as hemp, which explains the longevity of this paper (artwork painted on xuan paper hundreds of years ago still hang today in museums around China).

Because a single layer of xuan paper is quite thin, I add a second layer of xuan paper in my shop via a dry-mounting technique. This makes the print much easier to frame, but still flexible enough to roll up for the safest shipping.

Korean White Textured Mulberry

Natural White Textured Mulberry

Korean White Fiber Mulberry

White Fiber Mulberry

Hanji (한지/韓紙) is the name of paper traditionally made in Korea. Papermaking in Korea is believed to have started in the 4th century, not long after it was first invented in China. Hanji is traditionally handmade from the inner bark of a tree native to Korea called dak (닥) which is a species of mulberry. Hanji is so durable that some examples are 1200 years old.

Hanji has been traditionally used for everything from royal document archives, artwork, and religious sculptures.

I like the White Fiber Mulberry, known in Korean as Gureum Hanji, with its unique texture and vivid white mulberry fibers that emphasize the handmade look of the paper. Gureum (구름) is a Korean word that means “clouds,” which in this case, refers to beautiful but subtle white fibers embedded in the paper.

If you want fine art paper without the white fibers, I have Natural White Textured Mulberry, known in Korean as Maru Hanji. Maru (마루) means summit or mountain peak in Korean, and refers to the high quality of this paper.

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Satisfaction Guaranteed!

I love creating these prints! I think they look even better in person than they do on the website. However, if you don't love your print when you receive it, just return it within 30 days for a full refund. No questions asked!

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