You are the treasure of all excellent insights profound and vast,
the unacquainted friend of everyone in this world,
the eyes for beings of the three realms to see the excellent path.
Munīndra [the Buddha], the sun among preachers, sustain us at all times.
You are unrivaled among the myriad conquerors
in proclaiming everywhere the lion’s roar,
the perfect and excellent tale of the profound truth.
Guru Mañjuśrī, bless us throughout all times.
You were prophesized to expound as they are
the distilled essence of the mind of the sugatas of three times,
the middle way free of extremes, and the path of dependent origination.
Nāgārjuna, I bow to you from my heart; seize me with your hook of compassion.
Through Nāgārjuna’s instructions you have reached great heights,
you reveal to other beings what you have yourself seen,
you have gained mastery over the tale revealing the excellent path.
Glorious Āryadeva, I bow at your feet.
You have fulfilled the sacred words of the revered Mañjuśrī,
you have illuminated the ultimate intent of the noble Nāgārjuna,
you have traveled to the state of a perfected knowledge-holder.
Buddhapālita, I bow my head at your feet.
You have revealed in its perfect fullness
the path of the great sage subtle and difficult to fathom,
the way of Nāgārjuna’s with its singular traits.
Candrakīrti and Śāntideva, I bow at your feet.
Having properly seen with eyes of untainted intelligence
the well-established system of Nāgārjuna and Āryadeva
in its entirety, with all its unique and essential points
as elucidated by the three great charioteers,
and so that I may remove the stains of erroneous explanations of many
who strove to expound this tradition here in this region,
and also because I have been urged to by others,
I will correctly and extensively present Entering the Middle Way.
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