Heart Sutra Remixes

Heart Sutra Remixes

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Heart Sutra Remixes are musical variations of the famous Mahāyāna Buddhist scripture the Heart Sūtra. Since its beginning on the Japanese video sharing service Nico Nico Douga (NND) in September 2010, hundreds of remixed music videos have been uploaded by others in the community.


The Heart Sutra (Chinese: 般若波羅蜜多心經 / Japanese: 般若心経 / Romanized: Hanya Shingyou) is part of the “Perfection of Wisdom” group of Mahāyāna Buddhist scriptures and contains the famous paradox phrase “form is emptiness; emptiness is form.” Frequently chanted before and/or after a meditation sitting, it is often considered one of the most well known scriptures in Buddhist literature.[1]

The remixing fad began on September 3rd, 2011 when NND user and Vocaloid artist Onew-P (おにゅうP) posted a video titled “Pop heart Sutra” featuring Hatsune Miku[2]. OWnew-P’s upload has accumulated over 1 million views as of November 16th, 2011.


After Onew-P released a voice sequence file of the Heart Sutra chant for Vocaloid synthesizer, others in the NND community began making their own remixes in a wide range of musical genres, from R&B and Rap to Heavy Metal and Electronica renditions. The fad was reported on the Japanese news sites CloseUp NetTube[3] and MSN Sankei News in September of of 2010.[4] Several remixes in this series were included in various Vocaloid compilation albums released by the Japanese music label EXIT TUNES in the first half of 2011. More than 300 videos related to the heart sutra have been uploaded to NND[5] as of November 16th, 2011.

Notable Examples

Rock 初音ミクアレンジ「般若心経ロック」[6] / The most viewed remix on NND

Hardcore 【MikuMikuDance】般若心経ハードコア[7] (See also : Miku Miku Dance)

R&B Vocal remix 【halyosy】「般若心経R&B」を歌ってみた【アレンジ】 (PV付き)[8]

Anime OP Style 【初音ミク】般若心経アニメ版OP【アレンジ】[9]

For more videos, browse the video gallery.

Fan Art

Vocaloid artist Hanya-G (はんにゃG) has created several illustrations inspired by the Heart Sutra remix fad.[10]

Other Japanese artists have posted their own illustrations to Pixiv[11], an online art sharing network.

Search Interest

External References

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[1]Wikipedia – Heart Sutra

[2]Nico Nico Douga – 【初音ミク】般若心経ポップ【PVつき】 / Posted on 09-03-2010

[3]CloseUp NetTube – 思わぬブームに発展!?初音ミクによる般若心経リミックス / 09-06-2010 (Japanese)

[4]MSN Sankei News – 【ネット番記者】ポップな「般若心経」 / 09-16-2010 (Japanese, defunt)

[5]Nico Nico Douga – Search results for 般若心経アレンジリンク

[6]Nico Nico Douga – 初音ミクアレンジ「般若心経ロック」 / Posted on 09-05-2010

[7]Nico Nico Douga – 【halyosy】「般若心経R&B」を歌ってみた【アレンジ】 / Posted on 09-08-2010

[8]Nico Nico Douga – 【MikuMikuDance】般若心経ハードコア / Posted on 10-24-2010

[9]Nico Nico Douga – 【初音ミク】般若心経アニメ版OP【アレンジ】 / Posted on 09-10-2010

[10]pixiv – 【きみだけの】般若心経全景【悟り】」/「はんにゃG @hannyag / Posted on 09-29-2010

[11]pixiv – Search results for 般若心経

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