© Tertön Sogyal Trust, from the private collection of Sogyal Rinpoche. Painted by Salga.
You brilliantly clarified the meaning of reality itself, the ultimate intent of the Mother Prajñāpāramitā,
With profound modes of logical reasoning based on dependent origination,
Founder of the Middle Way tradition of the supreme vehicle, prophesied by the Buddha himself—
Noble master Nāgārjuna, to you I pray!
Works attributed to the great Indian philosopher-saint Ārya Nāgārjuna ('phags pa klu sgrub, c.150 – c.250 CE), known to Tibetans as the founder of the tradition of Profound View (zab mo lta ba):
In this short text, called Pratītyasamutpādahṛdaya in Sanskrit, Nāgārjuna explains the heart or 'essence' (hṛdaya) of dependent origination (pratītyasamutpāda) in just seven stanzas. He shows how the twelve links of dependent origination can be further condensed into the three categories of afflictions (kleśa), karma and suffering, and how all phenomena, being interdependent, are empty of true existence.
Popularly known as "With Skilful Means and Compassion..." (thabs mkhas thugs rje ma), this is the liturgical arrangement of the Dvādaśakārastotra, Nāgārjuna's praise of the twelve great acts performed by Buddha Śākyamuni.