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 +[[Je Tsongkhapa]]
 +He who speaks on the basis of seeing,
 +This makes him a knower and teacher unexcelled,
 +I bow to you, O Conqueror, you who saw
 +Dependent origination and taught it.
 +Whatever degenerations there are in the world,
 +The root of all these is ignorance;
 +You taught that it is dependent origination,​
 +The seeing of which will undo this ignorance.
 +So how can an intelligent person
 +Not comprehend that this path
 +Of dependent origination is
 +The essential point of your teaching?
 +This being so, who will find, O Savior,
 +A more wonderful way to praise you
 +Than [to praise you] for having taught
 +This origination through dependence?
 +“Whatsoever depends on conditions,
 +That is devoid of intrinsic existence.”
 +What excellent instruction can there be
 +More amazing than this proclamation?​
 +By grasping at it the childish
 +Strengthen bondage to extreme views;
 +For the wise this very fact is the doorway
 +To cut free from the net of elaborations.
 +Since this teaching is not seen elsewhere,
 +You alone are the Teacher;
 +Like calling fox a lion, for a Tirthika
 +It would be a word of flattery.
 +Wondrous teacher! Wondrous refuge!
 +Wondrous speaker! Wondrous savior!
 +I pay homage to that teacher
 +Who taught well dependent origination.
 +To help heal sentient beings,
 +O Benefactor, you have taught
 +The peerless reason to ascertain
 +Emptiness, the heart of the teaching.
 +This way of dependent origination,​
 +Those who perceive it
 +As contradictory or as unestablished,​
 +How can they comprehend your system?
 +For you, when one sees emptiness
 +In terms of the meaning of dependent origination,​
 +Then being devoid of intrinsic existence and
 +Possessing valid functions do not contradict.
 +Whereas when one sees the opposite,
 +Since there can be no function in emptiness
 +Nor emptiness in what has functions,
 +One falls into a dreadful abyss, you maintain.
 +Therefore in your teaching
 +Seeing dependent origination is hailed;
 +That too not as an utter non-existence
 +Nor as an intrinsic existence.
 +The non-contingent is like a sky flower,
 +Hence there is nothing that is not dependent.
 +If things exist through their essence, their dependence on
 +Causes and conditions for their existence is a contradiction.
 +“Therefore since no phenomena exist
 +Other than origination through dependence,
 +No phenomena exist other than
 +Being devoid of intrinsic existence,​” you taught.
 +“Because intrinsic nature cannot be negated,
 +If phenomena possess some intrinsic nature,
 +Nirvana would become impossible
 +And elaborations could not be ceased,” you taught.
 +Therefore who could challenge you?
 +You who proclaim with lion’s roar
 +In the assembly of learned ones repeatedly
 +That everything is utterly free of intrinsic nature?
 +That there is no intrinsic existence at all
 +And that all functions as “this arising
 +In dependence on that,” what need is there to say
 +That these two converge without conflict?
 +“It is through the reason of dependent origination
 +That one does not lean towards an extreme;”
 +That you’ve declared this excellently is the reason,
 +O Savior, of your being an unexcelled speaker.
 +“All of this is devoid of essence,”
 +And “From this arises that effect” –
 +These two certainties complement
 +Each other with no contradiction at all.
 +What is more amazing than this?
 +What is more marvellous than this?
 +If one praises you in this manner,
 +This is real praise, otherwise not.
 +Being enslaved by ignorance
 +Those who fiercely oppose you,
 +What is so astonishing about their being
 +Unable to bear the sound of no intrinsic existence?
 +But having accepted dependent origination,​
 +The precious treasure of your speech,
 +Then not tolerating the roar of emptiness –
 +This I find amazing indeed!
 +The door that leads to no intrinsic existence,
 +This unexcelled [door of] dependent origination,​
 +Through its name alone, if one grasps
 +At intrinsic existence, now this person
 +Who lacks the unrivalled entrance,
 +Well travelled by the Noble Ones,
 +By what means should one guide him
 +To the excellent path that pleases you?
 +Intrinsic nature, uncreated and non-contingent,​
 +Dependent origination,​ contingent and created –
 +How can these two converge
 +Upon a single basis without contradiction?​
 +Therefore whatever originates dependently,​
 +Though primordially free of intrinsic existence,
 +Appears as if it does [possess intrinsic existence];
 +So you taught all this to be illusion-like.
 +Through this very fact I understand well
 +The statement that, to what you have taught,
 +Those opponents who challenge you
 +Cannot find faults that accord with reason.
 +Why is this so? Because by declaring these
 +Chances for reification and denigration
 +Towards things seen and unseen
 +Are made most remote.
 +Through this very path of dependent origination,​
 +The rationale for your speech being peerless,
 +Convictions arise in me [also]
 +That your other words are valid too.
 +You who speak excellently by seeing as it is,
 +For those who train in your footsteps,
 +All degenerations will become remote;
 +For the root of all faults will be undone.
 +But those who turn away from your teaching,
 +Though they may struggle with hardship for a long time,
 +Faults increase ever more as if being called forth;
 +For they make firm the view of self.
 +Aha! When the wise comprehend
 +The differences between these two,
 +Why would they not at that point
 +Revere you from the depths of their being?
 +Let alone your numerous teachings,
 +Even in the meaning of a small part,
 +Those who find ascertainment in a cursory way,
 +This brings supreme bliss to them as well.
 +Alas! My mind was defeated by ignorance;
 +Though I’ve sought refuge for a long time,
 +In such an embodiment of excellence,
 +I possess not a fraction of his qualities.
 +Nonetheless,​ before the stream of this life
 +Flowing towards death has come to cease
 +That I have found slight faith in you –
 +Even this I think is fortunate.
 +Among teachers, the teacher of dependent origination,​
 +Amongst wisdoms, the knowledge of dependent origination –
 +You, who’re most excellent like the kings in the worlds,
 +Know this perfectly well, not others.
 +All that you have taught
 +Proceeds by way of dependent origination;​
 +That too is done for the sake of nirvana;
 +You have no deeds that do not bring peace.
 +Alas! Your teaching is such,
 +In whosoever’s ears it falls,
 +They all attain peace; so who would not be
 +Honoured to uphold your teaching?
 +It overcomes all opposing challenges;
 +It’s free from contradictions between earlier and latter parts;
 +It grants fulfilment of beings’ two aims –
 +For this system my joy increases ever more.
 +For its sake you have given away,
 +Again and again over countless eons,
 +Sometimes your body, at others your life,
 +As well as your loving kin and resources of wealth.
 +Seeing the qualities of this teaching
 +Pulls [hard] from your heart,
 +Just like what a hook does to a fish;
 +Sad it is not to have heard it from you.
 +The intensity of that sorrow
 +Does not let go of my mind,
 +Just like the mind of a mother
 +[Constantly] goes after her dear child.
 +Here too, as I reflect on your words, I think,
 +“Blazing with the glory of noble marks
 +And hallowed in a net of light rays,
 +This teacher, in a voice of pristine melody,
 +Spoke thus in such a way.”
 +The instant such a reflection of the Sage’s form
 +Appears in my mind it soothes me,
 +Just as the moon-rays heal fever’s pains.
 +This excellent system, most marvellous,
 +Some individuals who are not so learned
 +Have entangled it in utter confusion,
 +Just like the tangled balbaza grass.
 +Seeing this situation, I strove
 +With a multitude of efforts
 +To follow after the learned ones
 +And sought your intention again and again.
 +At such times as I studied the numerous works
 +Of both our own [Middle Way] and other schools,
 +My mind became tormented ever more
 +Constantly by a network of doubts.
 +The night-lily grove of Nagarjuna’s treatises –
 +Nagarjuna whom you prophesized
 +Would unravel your unexcelled vehicle as it is,
 +Shunning extremes of existence and non-existence –
 +Illuminated by the garland of white lights
 +Of Candra’s well-uttered insights –
 +Candra, whose stainless wisdom orb is full,
 +Who glides freely across scriptures’ space,
 +Who dispels the darkness of extremist hearts
 +And outshines the constellations of false speakers –
 +When, through my teacher’s kindness, I saw this
 +My mind found a rest at last.
 +Of all your deeds, your speech is supreme;
 +Within that too it is this very speech;
 +So the wise should remember the Buddha
 +Through this [teaching of dependent origination].
 +Following such a teacher and having become a renunciate,
 +Having studied the Conqueror’s words not too poorly,
 +This monk who strives in the yogic practices,
 +Such is [the depth of] his reverence to the great Seer!
 +Since it is due to my teacher’s kindness
 +I have met with the teaching of the unexcelled teacher,
 +I dedicate this virtue too towards the cause
 +For all beings to be sustained by sublime spiritual mentors.
 +May the teaching of this Beneficent One till world’s end
 +Be unshaken by the winds of evil thoughts;
 +May it always be filled with those who find conviction
 +In the teacher by understanding the teaching’s true nature.
 +May I never falter even for an instant
 +To uphold the excellent way of the Sage,
 +Which illuminates the principle of dependent origination,​
 +Through all my births even giving away my body and life.
 +May I spend day and night carefully reflecting,
 +“By what means can I enhance
 +This teaching achieved by the supreme savior
 +Through strenuous efforts over countless eons?”
 +As I strive in this with pure intention,
 +May Brahma, Indra and the world’s guardians
 +And protectors such as Mahakala
 +Unswervingly,​ always assist me.
 +This hymn entitled “Essence of Well-Uttered Insights,​” praising the unexcelled Teacher – the great friend to the entire world [even] to the unfamiliar – for teaching the
 +profound dependent origination,​ was composed by the well-read monk Lobsang Drakpai Pal. It was written at the heavenly retreat of Lhading on the towerng
 +mountain of Odé Gungyal, otherwise known as [Ganden] Nampar Gyalwai Ling. The scriber was Namkha Pal.
 +Translated from the Tibetan by Geshe [[Thupten Jinpa]]. © Geshe Thupten Jinpa
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