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 +A SONG ON THE VIEW OPENNING THE EYES TO SUCHNESS
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 +[[Gungthang Tempai Dromé]] (1762-1823)
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 +Tibetan title: [[lta ba'i mgur ma de nyid lta ba'i mig '​byed]]
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 +The glorious embodiment of [[great bliss]] and compassion,
 +Which through immersing in the expanse free of elaborations,​
 +You bring relief to desperate mother sentient beings –
 +Most venerable teacher, I honor the dusts under your feet.
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 +Whatever sufferings there are in the cycle of existence,
 +Since they are produced by the self-grasping enemy,
 +All children who desire liberation should strive for
 +In the ways that help eliminate this from its root.
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 +Though this is so before understanding
 +This truth, suchness that is most profound,
 +There are numerous stages such as coarse impermanence,​
 +Suffering, emptiness and no-self.
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 +While seeing that with no distinction of age
 +Suddenly one dies due to so many conditions,
 +If the thought that “I’ll die” does not arise,
 +How can realizations of profound path grow?
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 +Even within a year, a month, or a day of a single life
 +Happiness and suffering, prosperity and misfortune
 +Remain uncertain. Knowing this he who still clings firm,
 +For him the hope of a genuine renunciation is difficult.
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 +Not climbing at first from the lower steps
 +Of the staircase, that of Vaibhshika, of Sautrantika,​
 +Of Mind Only and of Svatantrika,​ he who grabs
 +At the highest, this is an empty bravado.
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 +This negating of a mentally contrived object of negation,
 +Leaving intact the true existence alongwith
 +This [everyday] perceptions [of ours] untouched –
 +This strengthens further the fortress of innate grasping.
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 +Though we may name it the “middle way,”
 +This measure of final emptiness of true existence in our mind,
 +More subtle and profound than this seems to be understood
 +By those who propound objective reality.
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 +Through reasoning such as absence of identity and difference,
 +Though one may prove by mouth absence of true existence of things,
 +Amazing indeed is to be able to negate in mind even partially
 +The self that is permanent, unitary and autonomous.
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 +Objective Realists say that in the wake of removing the dusts
 +Of coarse self-existence from the gold that is the external reality,
 +There exists as self-resonance of a truly existing entity,
 +Something that projects its aspect to [the mind].
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 +Rejecting this the Perception [only] Proponents say,
 +In the paint brush of inner subjective world,
 +There exists a part that is the truly existing paint,
 +Which is the seed for colorful diverse objects.
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 +Svatantrikas say that though truly existing entities
 +Are not perceived either in the object or in the subject,
 +From dependent origination of the meeting of metal and loadstone,
 +There emerges fire they call “intrisically characterized fire.”
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 +The final standpoint of glorious Nagarjuna is this:
 +Just like the appearance of face’s reflection in a mirror,
 +Apart from the mere appearances both without and within,
 +Nothing exists by virtue of an essence.
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 +A lump of earth is called “head” and “limb,”
 +With such terms and through mere aggregation of constructed facts;
 +Yet with no sense of being designated from outside
 +They seem as if existing from their own side; how can this be true?
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 +Though this is so through dependent origination of collections,​
 +The gathering of merits acting as the basis,
 +Through coming together of conditions there is no denying
 +That all such needs as houses, family, and so on are procured.
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 +From our savior Buddha up to ourselves,
 +Though our words stating “no true existence” are the same,
 +Our mode of perceptions are like east and west;
 +So the path is declared to be a sphere of individual awareness.
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 +“That which arose from conditions is unborn;
 +It has no arising by virtue of intrinsic existence.
 +Since it depends on other conditions it is empty.”
 +No greater way of teaching exists than this statement.
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 +Essential it is to ripen the cause, gathering merits and cleansing
 +obscurations;​
 +This alone can help realize the view [of emptiness];
 +Most people hear the literal meaning of the statement,
 +“Because it arose it is unborn” as being self-contradictory.
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 +By reflecting on the empty aspect though it may be easier
 +For the way of emptiness to dawn, it has dangers and pitfalls;
 +Even all the lower systems of thought claim in unison
 +That the extreme of eternalism is dispelled by emptiness.
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 +By reflecting on this dependent origination of mere appearance,
 +If objects appear as empty this is most wondrous.
 +Fortunate indeed it’s to destroy grasping at true existence
 +Through the very fact grasped at as true existence by all!
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 +The dependent origination of effects being dependent upon causes,
 +Though this is accepted by all [Buddhist] essentialists,​
 +That cause depends upon effect as well as enemy, friends and so on,
 +This nominal existence whereby everything is interdependent,​
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 +By extending this [truth] in all possible ways to all objects,
 +The three times, agent, act and so on, and analyzing in this way,
 +This clinging [of ours] to true existence of everything that is perceived
 +Is reversed so whatever is perceived dawns as empty.
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 +At this point the analysis into the view is complete;
 +The intention of glorious Nagarjuna is found;
 +One has [then] entered the path that pleases savior conquerors,
 +A path free of the abyss of eternalism and nihilism.
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 +The principal causes of accomplishing such an aim,
 +This is the planting of seed probing the definitive meaning
 +On the ground of faith and the soil of ethical discipline,
 +Where the warm blessings of deities and teachers descend.
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 +If water and fertilizer of gathering the collections are poured,
 +And the weeds and stumps of erroneous paths are removed,
 +The harvest of final view [of emptiness] shall come to grow.
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 +Through a song of words devoid of experience,
 +Though it’s hard to inspire others to dharma,
 +By repeating after my teacher’s sacred words,
 +Through this virtue may all beings be victorious.
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 +This was written by the monk Konchok Tenpai Dronmé as requested for by Gyal Khenpo Drakpa Gyaltsen, an illuminator of the Buddha’s doctrine.
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 +© English translation. [[Geshe]] [[Thupten Jinpa]], 2007.
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