Illuminating the Threefold Faith

An invocation of the Seventeen Great Scholarly Adepts of Glorious Nalanda

PÄL NA LEN DÄ PAN CHEN CHU DUN GYI SOL DEB DÄ SUM SÄL JE CHE JA BA SHUG SO
INVOCATION OF THE SEVENTEEN GREAT LEARNED NALANDA SCHOLARS

By His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

INVOCATION OF THE SEVENTEEN GREAT LEARNED NALANDA SCHOLARS
Illuminating the Threefold Faith: An invocation of the Seventeen Great Scholarly Adepts of Glorious Nalanda

  1. DRO LA PAN SHE THUB JE RAB TRUN PA
    The God of Gods, arisen from the compassionate wish to benefit wandering beings,
    PANG TOB KYOB PA CHOG NYE LHA YI LHA
    Has attained transcendent protection, abandonment and realization,
    TEN JUNG TAM GYI DRO NAM DREN DZA PA
    And liberates sentient beings through teaching dependent arising.
    THUB WANG MA WA NYI MAR GO CHAG TSAL
    I bow my head to you, the Conqueror, Sun among Teachers.
    GYAL YUM GONG DON THA TRAL DE NYI DON
    I call to mind esteemed Nagarjuna, who, as prophesied, introduced
    The Madhyamaka system, the excellent path, and who was skilled in clarifying
    GYAL BA LUNG SHIN THEG CHOG U MA SOL
    The meaning of suchness, free of extremes, the intention of the Mother of the Conquerors,
    JE DZA LU DRUB SHAB LA SOL WA DEB
    Through the profound logical presentation of dependent arising.
  2. nalanda 2DE SA THU WO KHA SHING DRUB PA CHOG
    I call to mind the Bodhisattva Aryadeva,
    CHI NANG DRUB THA GYAM TSO PA THAR SON
    His principal spiritual son, peerlessly learned and accomplished,
    LU DRUB SHUNG DZIN KUN GYI TSUG NOR PAL
    Who traversed the ocean of Buddhist and other philosophical systems,
    GYAL SA PHAG PA LHA LA SOL WA DEBNalanda 1
  3. Who is the glorious crowning jewel amongst all the holders of Nagarjuna’s teachings.
    PHAG PA GONG PA TEN JUNG THAR THUG DON
    I call to mind esteemed Buddhapalita,
    TAG YO MING KYANG TSAM GYI SAB MO NA
    Who clarified the ultimate meaning of dependent arising, the thought of the Superior,
    SAL DZA DRUB PA CHOG GI SAR SHEG PA
    The essential point of the profound, (existence as) mere designation and name
    SANG GYA KYANG KYI SHAB LA SOL WA DEB
    And who has ascended to the utmost state of accomplishment.nalanda3
  4. DEN PA NGO PO KYE SOG THA KAG CHING
    I call to mind Acharya Bhavaviveka,
    TSA MA THUN NANG CHI DON SHE PA YI
    Who introduced a philosophical system
    DRUB THA SOL TO YONG DZOG PAN DI TA
    That refuted such extremes as truly existent production
    LOB PON LEG DAN JE LA SOL WA DEB
    And accepted the shared perception of valid cognitions and external objects.nalanda4
  5. TEN DREL KYEN NYI DI PA TSAM NYI KYI
    I call to mind Chandrakirti, who promulgated the complete path of the Sutras and Tantras,
    THA NYI SEL WA NANG TONG U MA TSUL
    Who was skilled in expounding the profound and vast Middle Way system,
    SAB GYA DOM KHA DO NGAG YONG DZOG LAM
    In which appearance and emptiness eliminate the two extremes
    GYA DZA DA WA DRAG PA SOL WA DEB
    Through dependent arising and the merely conditional (nature of things).nalanda5
  6. NGO TSAR MA JUNG NYING JE CHEN PO LAM
    I call to mind the Bodhisattva Shantideva,
    SAB DANG GYA CHE RIG TSUL NAM MANG GI
    Who was skilled in teaching the host of fortunate disciples
    KAL SANG DUL JE TSOG LA TON KHA PA
    The truly marvelous path of great compassion
    GYAL SA SHI WA LHA LA SOL WA DEB
    With the versatile means and reasons of the profound and the vast.nalanda6
  7. DUL JE KHAM SHIN NYI TONG U MA LAM
    I call to mind the great abbot Shantarakshita,
    SOL TO U TSA RIG TSUL JE KHA SHING
    Who introduced the Middle Way to suit the disciples’ mental dispositions,
    KHA WA JONG SU GYAL TEN PAL DZA PA
    Was well versed in expounding the rationale of the Middle Way and valid cognition,
    KHAN CHEN SHI WA TSO LA SOL WA DEB
    And disseminated the teaching of the Conqueror in the Land of Snows.nalanda7
  8. THA TREL U MA TA DANG SHI LHAG ZUNG
    I call to mind the esteemed Kamalashila,
    GOM RIM DO GYU SHIN DU LEG TRAL NA
    Who thoroughly explained how to meditate systematically on the Middle Way thought free from extremes,
    GANG JONG GYAL TAN TRUL ME SAL DZA PA
    And the union of calm abiding and special insight according to the Sutras and Tantras,
    PA MA NGANG TSUL SHAB LA SOL WA DEB
    Flawlessly clarified the Conqueror’s doctrine in the Land of Snows.nalanda8
  9. JAM PA JE SUNG THEG CHEN DE NO KUN
    I call to mind the esteemed Asanga,
    LEG PAR PEL KHA GYA CHEN LAM TON SHING
    Who Maitreya inspired and looked after,
    GYAL WA LUNG SHIN NAM RIG SHING TA SOL
    Who was adept in disseminating all the Mahayana sets of discourses,
    JE DZA THOG ME SHAB LA SOL WA DEB
    Who revealed the vast path and as prophesied, blazed the trail of the Mind Only system.
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  10. CHO NGON DE DUN NYI TONG SOL SUNG NA
    I call to mind the esteemed Acharya Vasubhandu
    CHE DO NAN RIG DRUB THA SAL DZA PA
    Who, by maintaining the doubly empty system of the “Seven Treatises of Abhidharma,”
    KUN KHYEN NYI PAR DRAG PA KHA PA CHOG
    Clarified the philosophical theories of the Vaibhashikas, Sautrantikas and Vijnavadas,
    LOB PON YIG NYEN SHAB SOL WA DEB
    The foremost scholar, renowned as a second Omniscient One.
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  11. THUB PA SHUNG LUG NGO TOB RIG PA YI
    I call to mind the esteemed Dignaga,
    TON CHIR TSA MA GO GYA LEG CHE NA
    The logician who gave us the discerning eye of fine discrimination
    NAM CHO LO MIG CHIN DZA TSA MA PA
    By thoroughly opening a hundred epistemological doors
    CHOG KYI LANG PO SHAB LA SOL WA DEB
    To reveal the system of Buddha’s scriptures through the power of natural logic.
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  12. CHI NANG TSA MA NA KUN LEG GONG SHING
    I call to mind the esteemed Dharmakirti,
    DO SEM SAB GYA LAM KUN RIG LAM NA
    Who fathomed the vital points of Buddhist and others’ systems of knowledge,
    NGE TER MA JUNG CHO TSUL DOM KHA PA
    Granting conviction in the vast and profound paths of the Sautrantika and Chittamatra,
    CHO KYI DRAG PA SHAB LA SOL WA DEB
    And who was adept in expounding the marvelous ways of the Dharma.
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  13. THOG ME KUM CHE LA ONG SHER CHIN DON
    I call to mind the esteemed Vimuktisena,
    YO ME THA TREL U MA SOL SHIN DU
    Who lit the lamp illuminating the meaning of the Ornament (of Clear Realization)
    GYAN GYI SHUNG DON NANG WA DRON ME BAR
    In accordance with the Middle Way system, free from the extremes of existence and non-existence,
    PHAG PA GROL DE SHAB LA SOL WA DEB
    The meaning of the Perfection of Wisdom as it came from the Asanga brothers.
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  14. YUM DON CHE LA GYAL WA LUNG TEN THOB
    I call to mind the esteemed Haribhadra,
    MI PHAM GON PO MAN NAG JI SHIN DU
    Who clarified the three Mothers, the supreme Perfection of Wisdom scriptures,
    YUM SUM SHER CHIN SHUNG CHOG SAL DZA PA
    In line with Maitreyanath’s pith instructions,
    LOB PON SEN GE SANG POR SOL WA DEB
    And who the Conqueror prophesied would expound the meaning of the Mother.
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  15. DUL BA BUM DE GONG DON LEG DU NA
    I call to mind the esteemed Gunaprabha, excelling in stability and learning,
    THAM CHA YO MA LUG SHIN SO SO THAR
    Who integrated the intentions of a hundred thousand categories of Vinaya,
    MA NOR LEG DOM TEN KHA CHOG GYUR PA
    And in accordance with the Mulasarvastivadin system
    YON TAN O KYI SHAB LA SOL WA DEB
    Thoroughly and unmistakenly explained individual liberation.
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  16. LAB SUM YON TAN NOR BU DZO LA WANG
    I call to mind the esteemed Shakyaprabha, the ideal Vinaya holder,
    DUL TEN DRI ME RING DU PHEL WA LA
    Master of the treasure of the three precepts’ qualities,
    GYA CHEN SHUNG DON LEG TREL DUL DZIN CHOG
    Who, in order to ensure the longevity of the flawless Vinaya teaching,
    SHAKYA O KYI SHAB LA SOL WA DEB
    Thoroughly explained what the vast scriptures meant.
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  17. THUB SUNG SAB GYA KHA SOL MA LU PA
    I call to mind Jowo Atisha,
    KYE BU SUM KYI LAM DU DOM DZA DE
    The kind lord who caused the Conqueror’s teaching to flourish in the Land of Snows,
    GANG JONG THUB TEN PEL WA DRIN CHEN JE
    Who expounded in the paths of the three individuals
    JO WO ATISHA LA SOL WA DEB
    The doctrines of the vast and profound that are the complete teaching of the Conqueror.nalanda17
  18. DE TAR DZAM LING GYAN GYUR KHA PA PHUL
    Making such invocations with an unflinchingly pure mind
    NGO TSAR LEG SHA JUNG NA CHOG NAM LA
    To these exceedingly fine scholars, who are the ornaments for the world
    MI CHE DANG WA YI KYI SOL TAB PA
    And the source of stupendous, elegant teachings,
    DAG GYU MING CHING DROL WAR JIN GYI LOB
    May I be blessed that I may mature my mindstream and achieve liberation.
  19. SHI YI NA TSUL DEN NYI DON SHE PA
    By understanding the meaning of the two truths, the way things exist,
    DEN SHI KHOR WA JUG DOG JI SHIN NGE
    We ascertain through the four truths how we arrive in and how we leave the cycle of existence.
    TSA MA DRANG PA KYAB SUM DA PA TEN
    Engendered by valid cognition our faith in the three refuges will be firm.
    THAR LAM TSA WA TSUG PAR JIN GYI LOB
    May I be blessed to establish the root of the path to liberation.
  20. DUG KUN NYER SHI THAR PA DON NYER BA
    May I be blessed to perfect an uncontrived awakening mind of Bodhichitta
    NGE JUNG LO DANG DRO NAM KYOB DO PA
    Which is rooted in renunciation – the aspiration for liberation and
    CHOG THA TUG PA NYING JE TSA WA CAN
    The total purification of suffering and its source –
    CHO MIN JANG SEM JONG PAR JIN GYI LOB
    And that boundless compassion that wishes to protect wandering beings.
  21. SHING TA CHEN PO SHUNG GI DON NAM LA
    May I be blessed to be able to develop a quick and easy conviction
    THO SAM GOM PA PHA ROL CHIN PA DANG
    About the profound points of all the paths of the Perfection of Wisdom and the Vajrayana
    DOR JE THEG PA SAB NA LAM KUN LA
    By listening to, contemplating and meditating
    NGE PA DE LAG NYE PAR JIN GYI LOB
    On the meaning of the commentaries of the great pioneers.
  22. KYE SHING KYE BAR LAB SUM DAN PA TEN
    May I, in life after life, obtain the good basis (of a human life) possessing the three precepts
    LEG THOB SHA DANG DRUB PA LUNG TOG TAN
    And contribute to the doctrine as the great pioneers did,
    DZIN CHING PEL LA SHING TA CHE NAM DANG
    With respect to upholding and propagating
    TZUNG PAR TAN LA JA WA JE PAR SHOG
    The words and insights of the teachings through explanation and practice.
  23. DUL DE KUN TU THO SAM SHA DRUB KYI
    May all religious assemblies be filled with noble sages and practitioners
    JA BA DU DA LOG TSHO YONG PANG PA
    Passing their time in hearing, contemplation and explanation
    DAM PA KHA GRUB RAB TU PHEL WA YI
    And having totally given up wrong livelihood,
    DZAM LING SA CHEN TAG TU DZE GYUR CHIG
    May the ground of this great world be adorned in this way.
  24. DE TU DO NGAG YONG DZOG SA LAM DRO
    By such power may all the grounds and paths of the Sutras and Tantras be traversed
    DON NYI LHUN DRUB NAM KHYEN GYAL WA YI
    And by quickly achieving the state of an Omniscient Conqueror,
    GO PHANG NYUR WA NYI DU THOB GYUR NA
    Spontaneously fulfilling the two purposes,
    NAM KHA JI SI DRO WA DON CHE SHOG
    May I work for sentient beings as long as space remains.

Translated by Geshe Lakdor and edited by Jeremy Russell in Dharamsala and completed on 26th February 2002

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