The commentary on Mipham's Sherab Raltri



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The commentary on Mipham's Sherab Raltri entitled


The Blazing Lights of the Sun and Moon.
by Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche
INTRODUCTION [SPOKEN BY KPSR]
This text, the Sherab Raltri, Sword of Prajña, by Mipham Rinpoche, summarizes many important points from the sutras and tantras. There are two important spontaneously written texts in which Mipham expresses his vision of Buddhist teaching. They are this1 Sword of Prajña of the Completely True Meaning, and2 The Precious Torch of Certainty. Many great masters say Mipham wrote five "sword" texts and five "lotus" texts, named for the scepters in the hands of Mañjushri. To reach enlightenment is the main purpose of this text, of course. But in particular, among the three prajñas, hearing, contemplating, and meditating, this text focuses on contemplation. It is an overview that tells how to contemplate thoroughly what we have studied.

When the Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies was established in 1967, this was the first course in the Nyingma department. The root text was written by Mipham Rinpoche at the request of Lhagsam Tenpa Gyaltsen, a famous master in his own right. Mipham wrote a short commentary, which I studied in Tibet; but I couldn't find it or any other commentary that had been brought to India. I did have some notes that Mipham made in the text, and I used them. I started writing every day, on the blackboard, and students would copy it down. By the end of the year the whole thing was done. Every year there would be another ten or twelve students, and the same thing would happen again. Everyone thought we should publish this, but we didn't. Later, when I was in New York, some students wrote and asked if it could be printed, and if anything would need to be changed. When I went back to Nepal, I made some corrections and edited the text with the help of some students there. Then the Tibetan version was printed.

Guru Rinpoche wrote a famous commentary on the Mañjushri-nama-sa.mgiti, called the3 Blazing Lights of the Sun and Moon. That seemed auspicious, so I adopted the title for this commentary.

INTRODUCTION BY KHENPO TSEWANG DONGYAL RINPOCHE


Unsurpassably great and glorious former teacher,

Supremely kind crown jewel of the learned and accomplished,

Jetsun Mañjushri emanating in human form,

Known as Jamgon Mipham Chokle Namgyal Gyamtso,

Supreme in glory and goodness, producing a hundred and eight Commentaries setting forth the intended meaning

Of the sutras and tantras of the Victorious One.


This treatise teaches without error the vast and profound piths of the mahayana sutras and tantras. The subject expressed is the two truths. It is expressed in terms of the four correct reasonings. The fruition is the great treasure of the eight confidences. That is the way in which this great text was composed. This treatise, the Sword of Prajña of the Completely True Meaning is one of four very famous commentaries. It is supreme among commentaries that explain without error difficult points of words and their meanings. This commentary on the Sherab Raltri4 is entitled the Blazing Lights of the Sun and Moon. These days the precious teachings of the Buddha in general have been harmed and diminished, particularly in Tibet, the Land of Snow, by the army of the red Chinese. In this situation, replenishing the blaze of the former teachings from the remaining embers was supremely kind.

Born in Riwoche in Khams he indisputably went to the heights level of learning, discipline, and nobility.

Born and remaining a glorious lord of the teachings and beings, This is Khenchen Palden Sherab, glorious, good, and excellent. It was he who composed this.

In 1976, in Varanasi, when the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies was established, this text was presented to students at the institute as lectures about Khen Rinpoche's own Nyingma tradition. As no commentary on it had reached India, Khen Rinpoche, with supreme compassion for those under his care, newly composed this one. Until now, it remained as an active course, and so it could not be requested that it be published. Now after 13 auspicious presentations of those lectures, Khen Rinpoche has responded to new requests to publish it, from the country of America.

Greatly moved by these requests and the approach of this supreme occasion, he gave the order to print this, and the pure requests of those sitting at his feet were accomplished.

After thirteen times sending a lamp to beings, in the 2530th year of the teacher's passing in his sthavira-aspect, in the seventh tibetan month, tenth day, by these requests that this be printed, auspiciousness increased.

This introduction was written by the chief of the many who were formerly benefitted, the khenpo's brother Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche. May there be a connection to the vidyadharas. Dge'o Dge'o
PRAISE TO MañjuSHRI DORJE NÖNPO, VAJRA SHARPNESS.
Namo shri Vajrapadmatikshnaye.
PRAISE TO BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI
In the wind-chariot of the two accumulations, excellently leading the four forces5 of the army of the ten powers6,

You overcome the warfare of the gods of desire7 and their host is overcome;

While with the sharp fangs and claws of the four fearlessnesses8, you drink from the skulls of vicious feuding elephants9, the eternalists and nihilists.

Knowing the nature and extent of dharmas10, having removed the darkness of the two obscurations from the place of snow-mountains,11 by your generosity there are the two yogic disciplines.12

In the center of the wheel of 11213 spokes you, the supremely exalted lion of men, Siddartha, bestow auspicious fortune.14
Blazing with the deathless splendor of a thousand radiant marks,15

Liberated16 from a lotus blossom in the middle of a lake,

You are the nirmanakaya who overcomes the phenomenal world,17

My beautiful crown-ornament until the heart of enlightenment.


REQUEST BY MIPHAM TO MAÑJUSHRI18
A hundred devotional petals crown the lotus anthers of teaching.19

Dharma Lord,20 I always offer you reverent homage.21

You who are the ever-youthful lion of speech,

Bestow on these beings shining intelligence, filling the sky.


PRAISE TO SARASVATI OR TARA22
In the expansive lotus-garden of speech of all the conquerors,

With 100,000 melodious blooms of holy Dharma,

You are a singing swan23 that shines as bright as moonlight.

May you now enjoy the vast lake of my mind


SUPPLICATION TO THE VIDYADHARAS OF THE THREE LINEAGES

The secret streams of truth of the three collections of tantra24

By a gulp of analysis swallowed into the belly of intellect.25

Are regurgitated as excellent teaching, as with Agastya.26

I praise a hundred times the former rigdzins and rishis.

PRAISE TO LONGCHENPA


At the council of well-written teachings, the sagely teacher,

In a bowing throng of attendant-ministers27 unbiased in learning,

On his elephant vehicle,28 which is the great perfection,

Surveying all like Indra, with a thousand different eyes,29

Confidently manifesting the hundred pointed vajra30

Whose prongs are the points of teaching, debate, and composition,

Wearing a crown that is set with gems of many traditions,

The incomparable lord of learning who is known as Longchenpa,

Is renowned as a king of the gods of a kind not seen before

His fame surpasses even that of the lord of the world.31


PRAISE TO MIPHAM
A thousand elephants of vicious self-serving contention,

Arrogant, with no gentle thoughts of any kind,

You overcome and have no thought of enduring them,

The lion of speakers, with far-reaching laughter of proper reason,

Is the victorious one called Mipham Chokle Namgyal.
MIPHAM'S PRAISE TO HIS GURUS
By the sharp vajra-weapon of scripture and proper reason,

Opponent asuras' arrogant power32 is overcome.

Gracious one who sees the excellent path of truth,

Prevail among spiritual friends like Indra among the gods.


After these poetic expressions of homage, like beautiful white lotus petals strewn to welcome a teacher, now there is this terma-prophesy by the tamer of beings Sangngag Lingpa:33
An emanation named Mipham of the great translator Nub

An especially noble master of mind-terma will arise.


Also here is a terma-prophesy manifested by the power of the great tertön Tatung Dudjom Trolö34:
By Mipham Gyamtso the host of extremes will be transformed.

The conqueror of all the doctrines of wrong view,

Will make the radiant secret mantra clear as day.

In accord with these and 35 the vajra prophesies of Padmasambhava, the second buddha of Uddiyana and others, you the omniscient intrinsic form, the supremely excellent omniscient embodied essence of all the victorious ones of mantrayana, the lion of vajra teachers, appear in the form of a spiritual friend. Mastering the eight great treasures of confidence36 and the four discriminating knowledges,37 you are an authority on ordinary and extraordinary fields of knowledge, beyond the scope of thought. In particular, revealing in an extraordinary way the well-taught word of the Sugata, the profound and vast intentions of the sutras and tantras, uniquely analyzing without depending on others38, you, the jetsun inseparable from Mañjushri, are truly omniscient and great in vision, a learned and accomplished master. You, the jetsun guru who possesses objectless compassion, whose very name is so awesome that we hesitate to utter it39, are famed as Mipham Jamyang Namgyal Gyamtso or Jampel Gyepe Dorje throughout the three worlds.40 The completely certain truth formerly well-taught by you in this Sherab Raltri is what I shall explain.

The explanation has three parts.41 These are the name or title, the main part of the teaching so entitled, and the final conclusion.
First overall part.
The title of the text is the don rnam par nges pa shes rab ral gri, The Sword of Prajña, that Ascertains42 All the Details of the True Meaning.
The meaning of the subject
Nubchen Sanje Yeshe43 says in the Lamp of Meditation that Illuminates the Pith of Meditation:44
The cause of certain knowledge of truth is prajña contemplating an example, a reason,45 and a conclusion reached by correct reasoning.46 These are evaluated by individually-discriminating prajña.
The profound and vast meaning told in the Buddha's teachings in the sutras and tantras and the commentaries on their intention, accords with the way things are. This is revealed as profound, completely certain prajña through the process of true and genuine correct reasoning. This prajña cuts all at once like a sword through the nets of non-realization, wrong understanding, and doubt. That is the contents of this text.
The title expresses this by joining the example and the meaning.47 That intended meaning is named by the title in order to clear away stupidity about the conventional. The Lankavatara Sutra says:
If no names are given,

Everyone in the world will be confused.

Therefore, to clear away confusion,

The Protector used names.


Second overall part: the main text that teaches what the title denotes.
Within that are:
1. the ancillary parts of the composition that are good in the beginning,

2. the meaning of the composition that is good in the middle, and

3. the meaning of the conclusion that is good at the end.
The ancillary parts of the composition that are good in the beginning
Here there are the expression of offering and the promise to compose the text. Each of the two is presented in verse.
I. The expression of offering:

The Doctrine never possesses any kind of confusion.

It has completely abandoned any kind of error.

It is mind without any doubt about the three meanings.

Let us bow to the treasure of Mañjushri's knowledge.
The Doctrine
"The Doctrine", grub mtha'48 in Tibetan, is the translation of the Sanskrit "siddhanta." The Doctrine is the ultimate goal49 of examination and analysis by scripture and correct reasoning. It is the certain knowledge at the end of establishing. Beyond this there is nothing further to establish.
"Confusion" cannot resolve the way things are. Non-confusion can.50 These arise respectively as worldly doctrine, and The Doctrine beyond the world.51
1 As for the FIRST, The second Buddha of Uddiyana said in his Oral Instruction on the Mala of Views:
The countless wrong views in the worldly realm are summarized under four headings, Phyalwa, gyang phen, mur thug, and mu tek52
Likewise, the there are two kinds of paths beyond the world. These are the vehicle of philosophical characterization, and the vajrayana. The great translator Kawa Paltsek53 says in his Explanation of the details of Views:
There are both the worldly and the world-transcending.

Like articles of gold, they appear from a single substance.

The levels of their appearance are five times three plus two,54

Being known, these should be left alone and accepted.


Regarding the Buddhist view that is beyond the world, FIRST, the Buddhist teachings of The Doctrine are scriptural pramana.55 As such, they have none of the faults of confusion. The reason is that the one who taught them is the Buddha Bhagavat. He has completely abandoned all errors of the two obscurations,56 along with the habitual patterns which are the seeds of their continuation.57 The doctrine was taught by this great being whose knowledge is the vision of perceptual pramana.58

The way of establishing this highest truth as The Doctrine, is to establish it as scriptural pramana, established teaching purified by the three analyses.59 This is done through a process of correct reasoning. This process uses the three kinds of inferential reasoning60 in such a way that the three modes of correct reasoning are all complete.61 From so doing comes certainty without doubt. This certainty is the essence of profound intelligence. It is the great treasure of knowing Mañjushri.62 Again, let us pay homage with the three gates to the great treasure of you, Mañjushri, arising by your blessing.63


In regard to this, due to the correct reasoning of productive action,64 homage is expressed chiefly to the pramana of the teachings. If this is established in a syllogism, it is said:
"The dharmin "Buddhist doctrine" has no confusion; because it was taught by the Buddha, who has completely abandoned all error."65

If it is established that Buddhist doctrine was taught by the Buddha, then the following are established, showing that the three modes66 are complete:


1) the presence of the reason, "non-error," in the subject, "Buddhist doctrine."
2) the forward [universal] entailment:67 "What is taught by the Buddha is certainly without confusion," and
3) the reverse [universal] entailment:68 "What is confused was certainly not taught by the Buddha."
First it was taught that, since the Buddha has no error, therefore the teaching no error. Now it is taught that, since the teaching is authentic, the Buddha must also be authentic.
To prove this, when all the errors of the two obscurations, together with their habitual patterns, have been completely abandoned, ultimate knowledge, wisdom, arises.

Whoever has this ultimate knowledge can teach the path properly. Doing so depends only on the cause of compassion. The great compassion is the extraordinary cause attained by the Buddha.69

Therefore, in regard to the Buddha Bhagavat, there are the cause of the benefit for oneself, complete renunciation-realization, and the cause of the benefit for others, the completed power of wisdom and loving-kindness. From these arise all the teachings of the holy Dharma, in accord with the faculties, power of mind, and thoughts of those to be tamed. If any of these is practiced, its own particular fruition will be attained. In that sense they are non-deceptive. Therefore, Buddhist doctrine is established as non-deceptive.70 The Prajñaparamita Sutras say:
After attaining omniscience, the wheel of Dharma is turned.71
They also say:
If we have not attained omniscience, we cannot turn the wheel of Dharma
Glorious Dharmakirti says in the tshad ma rnam 'grel:
The one who has gone there has the meaning of realization.72
The Buddha's regent Maitreya says in the Abhisamayalankara:
Whoever has the authentic truth, has the omniscience of the sages and can teach all their different kinds of teaching.73
The great teacher Naagaarjuna in the bla na med par bstod pa, says:
Whoever knows clearly the solitary object of knowledge,

Will resolve completely all of the objects of knowledge.74

I therefore prostrate to a guru such as that

Who in such a way is equal and otherless.


Also Asanga says in the Suutraala.mkaara:
Truly liberated from all the obscurations,

You possess the knowledge that pervades all objects.

Mighty one, the tamer of everyone in the world,75

I prostrate to you who are completely liberated.


Also the great teacher Ashvagho.sha says In his Hundred and Fifty Praises:

Whether powers of mind are supreme or not

Whether they may be the lesser, middle, and greater

And all the limitless divisions of their aspects,

Are not realized by anyone but you.
Also he says:
You alone, by wisdom,

Encompass every object,

By everyone but you

Some objects are left out.


Also he says:
You do good even without urging.

You are kind to others without a reason,

A good friend, even for those who have not met you;

A helper and counselor that we do not need to know.76


Also he says:
If we should try to do this with even our flesh and blood

Why even speak of how to view all other things?

Doer of good deeds you even gave your life

For the beings who asked you, by your bodies and lives,

You have ransomed a hundred times the bodies and lives

Of those given over to slayers of embodied beings.


The great pandit Vimalamitra says in his commentary on the Uttering the name of Mañjushri, 'jam dpal mtshan brjod, Mañjushri-nama-sa.mgiti:
In connection to the wishes of all sentient beings, you liberate them from the fetters of the kleshas. As many dharma-teachings as have been explained are one in being antidotes for taming the kleshas.
The great teacher Gekpé Dorje,77 in his commentary on the king of tantras the gsang ba'i snying po, the 'grel pa spar khab78, says:
These teachings are so-designated79

From his knowledge and what they accomplish

But they appear differently

By differences between minds.80


The great teacher Dharmakiirti, in his auto-commentary on the first chapter of the tshad ma rnam 'grel the stong phrag phyed dang bshi pa says:
Again, to take another approach, the words that exhaust defects are not deceptive. Therefore, this inference should be made:
In teaching what is to be accepted and rejected

together with the means by which that should be done,

Which is the principal benefit of certainty,

As He was non-deceptive, this should be inferred.

What is to be accepted and rejected and what are the means of doing that are non-erroneous teachings. They are non-deceptive. For example, the way in which the four noble truths are explained is non-deceptive. Familiarity with this is a pre-requisite for the benefit of beings. Moreover the non-deceptive object of this should be proclaimed to be non-deceptive,
1. because to do otherwise would be contradictory

2. because to say that a teacher who explains it is unnecessary is a wrong and fruitless teaching.81


And also Dharmakiirti says:
When someone's words, by being pramana,

Are non-deceptive, people follow them.

Their words then attain to being scripture.

People will not do what does no good82.


"Words whose pramana is not confused" is the definition of scripture, lung. Therefore, what is the same as what is said in the scriptures is also scripture by the power of its pramana.

Also the great teacher Asanga says in the sdud pa83


Why is Buddhist doctrine true? Here is what has been said. The teachings do not disagree with actual reality. If this is seen, its meaning becomes the cause of complete purity. That is the meaning of its being true. Moreover, Buddhist doctrine is free from the six faults and has the three virtues. Therefore it is not deceptive. Rather, it is established as scriptural pramana, the teachings of holy Dharma.84

As for these six faults and three virtues, the Sadé, Asanga's Five Works on the Bhuumis says:


no benefit, wrong benefit, possessing benefit;85

Merely heard, merely contentious, genuinely established;86


Hypocritical, unkind, eliminating suffering:87

Free from these six faults, the treatises have these three virtues.


1) "Without benefit," means not having the benefit of truly establishing liberation.
2) "Wrong benefit," or "wrong sense" means falling into the extremes of eternalism and nihilism, saying things injurious to the Dharma and so forth. When these two faults are absent, then Buddhist doctrine is true and possesses benefit.
3) "Merely heard," means just repeating what has been heard.
4) "Merely contentiousness," means merely searching out faults in others.
Buddhist doctrine is free from these faults is sincerely or genuinely established.
5) "Hypocritical" means that attesting to the dharma for motives that are not right.
6) "Unkind" means being without the compassion that wishes to protect sentient beings from suffering. When it is free from these two faults, Buddhist doctrine is the holy Dharma that eliminates the suffering of samsara.
The teachings of Buddhist doctrine remedy the cause of samsara, the kleshas, and their fruition, the sufferings of the three lower realms of samsara. Therefore, it is established that the teachings are scriptural pramana and unconfused. Vasubandhu's rnam bshad rigs pa, says:
They remedy all the enemies, the kleshas,

And protect us from the lower realms of samsara,

Because of these virtues of remedy and protection

The teachings88 are never other than these two virtues.89


The regent, Lord Maitreya, says:
Whoever has what is meaningful, fully connected to Dharma,

Is taught to abandon all the kleshas of the three realms.

Whoever teaches the beneficial virtues of peace

Is taught to be a sage and irreversible.90


Also he says in the Uttaratantra:

What is spoken only in terms of Conqueror's teachings

Explained with a mind that is undistracted from that,

In accord with the path of attaining liberation,

Like the words of the Sage himself should be received on the head.91
Also:
The natural state of all the knowable dharmas of the phenomenal world of samsara and nirvana is taught as the true path of emptiness and interdependent arising, and therefore the Buddhist teachings are established as the unconfused doctrine of scriptural pramana.
The great teacher Nagarjuna says:92
For whomever emptiness and interdependent arising

Are of one meaning in the madhyamaka path,

I prostrate to such a sage, who is a master

Of the secret that is unequalled and supreme.93


Thus, the Buddha taught the teachings included within the stages of the nine vehicles, as many as there are within the scriptural doctrine of holy Dharma, in accord with the nature, capabilities, and wishes of those to be tamed. If we practice these with devoted aspiration, the particular fruition of each will be gained without deception. Therefore, it is taught that the doctrine is not confused. For that reason, the Second Buddha of Uddiyana said:
All the vehicles, on their own level, are true doctrine without contradiction.94
As this is extensively taught there and elsewhere, if we have faith in all the doctrine and do not close our eyes to the intelligence of pure perception, that will be the first opening of the great gate of the path of liberation.

SECOND, the Buddhist teachings of Holy Dharma are The Doctrine or scriptural pramana. By reason of their being established as unconfused, the one who taught them, the Buddha Bhagavat, is established as a great being of pramana. As such, he has eradicated and completely abandoned all the errors of ignorance. He knows and sees all knowables with unobscured perception. The pramana of the teachings depends on the pramana of the teacher. As for the pramana of the teacher, the cause is explained as the intent of perfect benefit. For that reason, from the perfect activity of the teacher arises the perfect fruition. This has the benefit for oneself that one is a sugata, and the benefit for others that one is their protector. The great teacher Dignaga says in the first praise of the tshad ma kun btus 95


Becoming authentic96 should be regarded as

For the benefit of every sentient being.

I prostrate to the teacher, the Sugata and protector.97
Also in his auto-commentary he says:
The FIRST topic is a praise to the Buddha Bhagavat. By having a perfect cause and fruition, he has become authentic. That is the reason for my arousing devotion to him.98

The perfect cause is his perfect intention and perfect action on it. It is explained that his wish is to benefit beings.99 The action is to teach the teachings to sentient beings.100

The fruition is perfection of the two benefits, those for oneself and others.

The perfect benefit for oneself is becoming a sugata. This should be understood in three senses. 1) The benefit of supreme beauty is like having excellent personal form. 2) The benefit of irreversibility, is like a plague being well-cured. 3) The benefit without exceptions is like a vase being well-filled. These three benefits are without desire for externals. Therefore this perfection of the benefit for oneself is beyond being learned and unlearned alike.101

As for the perfection of the benefit for others, through the benefit of liberating them, we are their protectors.102 Having prostrated to the teacher who has such virtues,...
The great teacher Vasubandhu says:
The one who has eternally conquered all darkness,

leading beings out of the mire of samsara,

I prostrate to this teacher of things as they are.
According to the teacher mtho btsun grub:
Having abandoned all the other teachers,

I go for refuge to you Bhagavan.

If someone should asks why, it is because

You have no faults, but only excellence.


THIRD, given that this teaching, purified by the three analyses, is an unequalled way of entering into complete liberation, what is to be proved is that the teacher who has perfect intention, application, and fruition is a being of unequalled pramana. This can be established beyond doubt by syllogistic proofs, using the three kinds of inferential pramana in which all of the three modes of syllogism are complete. In syllogistic form:
The dharmin, "the teacher, the Buddha," is an authentic being; because the teaching is scriptural pramana;

for example, like that of the great rishis.


As for the teaching being The Doctrine, scriptural pramana:

It is established that it the teacher who spoke it was the Buddha. So the FIRST mode is there, presence of the dharma in the subject.

When teaching is scriptural pramana, it is certain that the teacher of it is a buddha, an authentic being. That is the second mode, the forward entailment.

When the teacher is not an authentic being, it is certain that the scriptural teaching is not pramana. That is the third mode, the reversed entailment.

After the process of correct reasoning with the three pramanas, if confidence in the non-deceptive certain knowledge of such a teacher and teaching arises within our being, that is supreme faith. This is also the ultimate essence of refuge and supplication. It is also the root of the path of liberation, and of blessings entering into our being, the single root of a multitude of good things.103 The second buddha of Uddiyana Padmasambhava says that if we have ultimate devotion, we will receive blessing, and if we are free from doubt our wishes will be fulfilled:
If our minds are devoted,104 blessings will enter in.%

By being free from doubt, our wishes are established%


Also the omniscient great pandit Shantarakshita says in his auto-commentary to the Madhyamakala.mkara:
What is spoken by the Tathagata is good in the beginning, good in the middle, and good in the end. Like fine gold being smelted, cut, and polished, it will not be harmed by perception, inference, or his own words in the scriptures. This wisdom unmixed with samsaric things,105 is completely undisturbed by their total clutter. By this wisdom, having seen suchness,106 you Buddha are the leader of the divine and human realms. You are the crown of them all. They offer garlands to adorn your two lotus feet, as master and guru of all the world. Who, having known you, would not generate faith, practicing from the heart with complete detachment?
Thus:107
Whoever relies on that surmounts degeneracy,

With undeceived certainty in the guru and the three jewels,

Grasping that from now onward to the bone core of the heart,

I go to refuge until the essence of enlightenment.


Now there is a kind of analysis

This precious certain knowledge is essentially non-deceptive. It is unequalled intelligence free from the murkiness of doubt, possessing a thousand undefiled rays of light.108 Since this is the great treasure of your knowledge, Mañjushri, I bow to you. Or again, since that intelligence without doubt arises from the blessing of the great treasure of your knowledge, Mañjushri, I bow to you.109

That comes chiefly from the process of correct reasoning of the cause depending on the fruition.110 I express homage to the chief of all benefits. Moreover, for these words of the root verses that express homage, the first verse refers to the jewel of the holy Dharma, the second to the jewel of the Buddha, and the third to the jewel of the sangha.111 To you I bow as the embodiment of these three excellencies, the great treasure of jetsun Mañjushri's knowledge.

The purpose of this expression of homage is to benefit oneself by showing why these people are holy beings,112 and also to gather the two accumulations. The benefit for others, is to inspire their faith in the teachings and teacher. The mdo rgya cher rol pa says:


The wishes of a person who possesses merit are established.
The great teacher Nagarjuna says:
It is not fruitless, when authors of the treatises

Express their homage to the teacher and teaching.113

By so doing they give us inspiration.114
The ched du brjod pa'i tshoms says:115
For persons who have accumulated merit,

There can be no harm arising from others

Or obstacles of maras and of gods.
II. The promise to compose the text

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