Performing arts

From loved local artists and rhythmic world music to full-scale operas, ballets, and star-studded theatrical productions from Broadway and beyond, our performing arts venues delight you from curtain rise to final encore.

Calligraphy Culture

Visual arts

Feast your eyes on some of the most inspiring art collections you’ll find anywhere. Our community's galleries represent renowned artists from around the world in just about every genre imaginable. Most of our artists even welcome you scheduling some one-on-one time with them for an intimate look into their creative process. 

         The Heart of Perfect Wisdom

Bodhisattva Avalokite śvara, while deeply immersed in prajñā pāramitā, clearly

perceived the empty nature of the five skandhas, and transcended all suffering.

 Śariputra! Form is not different from emptiness, emptiness is not different from

form. Form is emptiness, emptiness is form. So it is with feeling, conception, volition, and consciousness. Śariputra! All dharmas are empty in character; neither arising nor ceasing, neither impure nor pure, neither increasing nor decreasing.

 Therefore, in emptiness, there is no form; there is no feeling, conception, volition,

or consciousness; no eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, or mind; no form, sound, smell, taste,

touch, or dharmas; no realm of vision, and so forth, up to no realm of mind-consciousness;

no ignorance or ending of ignorance, and so forth, up to no aging and death or ending of

aging and death. There is no suffering, no cause, no extinction, no path. There is no

wisdom and no attainment. There is nothing to be attained.

 By way of prajñā pāramitā, the bodhisattva’s mind is free from hindrances. With no

hindrances, there is no fear; freed from all distortion and delusion, ultimate irvana is reached.  By way of prajñā pāramitā, Buddhas of the past, present, and future attain anuttara-samyak-sambodhi. 

Therefore, prajñā pāramitā is the great powerful mantra, the great enlightening

mantra, the supreme and peerless mantra. It can remove all suffering. This is the truth beyond all doubt. And the prajñā pāramitā mantra is spoken thus:  

Gate gate pāragate pārasamgate bodhi svāhā.