The Offering of Praise, and a Pledge to Compose the Work

The Offering of Praise, and a Pledge to Compose the Work


དབུ་མ་ལ་འཇུག་པའི་རྒྱ་ཆེར་བཤད་པ་དགོངས་པ་རབ་གསལ་ ཞེས་བྱ་བ་ །  རྗེ་བཚུན་བླ་མ་འཇམ་པའི་དབྱངས་དང་

འཕགས་པ་ཡབ་སྲས་རྣམས་ཀྱི་ཞབས་ལ་ གུས་པ་ཆེན་པོས་ ཕྱག་འཚལ་ཞིང་ སྐྱབས་སུ་མཆིའོ་།།

Here begins The Illumination of the True Thought, an extensive explanation of Entering the Middle Way.

In deep respect I bow at the at the feet of my Holy Lama, Gentle Voice,2 and at the at the feet of those realized beings, the Father and Son.3 Please be my shelter.



ཟབ་ཅིང་རྒྱ་ཆེའི་ལེགས་བཤད་ ཀུན་གྱི་ གཏེར་




You are a goldmine

Of every fine explanation:

The profound and the wide.

You are the best friend

Of every living being,

Unbeknownst to them.


You are the eyes

Of all of those who dwell

In all three of the lands;

O Sun of Speakers,

Lord of the Able ,

Protect us always.4







You are beyond compare-

Among all who attend

To the billions of victorious

Buddhas there are-

In the way you proclaim,

With your lion’s roar,


That highest of all the words

Which can ever be spoken:

That deepest thought.5

I pray I may always be blessed

By my Lama,

By Gentle Voice himself.





1 The section headings in bold print, unless mentioned immediately after within the text, have been added by the English translator to aid the reader, and are largely assumed by the Tibetan reader.

2 Gentle Voice: Manjugosha (Sanskrit), commonly known as Manjushri, or in Tibetan Jampel Yang: the Enlightened Angel of Wisdom. A chart of these and the other names of holy beings found in the text is included in the appendices, along with the corresponding Sanskrit and Tibetan equivalents.

3 Realized beings, Father and Son: A reference to the realized being Nagarjuna (c. 200AD), and his heart disciple Master Aryadeva, but by extension to the entire lineage of masters and their spiritual sons and daughters of the tradition of the emptiness teachings. A “realized being” in this context is someone who has seen emptiness directly, called an arya in Sanskrit.

4 The profound and the wide refer to the teachings on emptiness and compassion, respectively; all three of the lands can refer either to above, below, and upon the earth, or else to the desire realm, form realm, and formless realm. Lord of the Able is an epithet of Lord Buddha.

5 That deepest thought: A common epithet for emptiness.