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Dedicatory verses "I prostrate to the Perfect Buddha, the best of teachers, who taught that whatever is dependently arisen is unceasing, unborn, unannihilated, not permanent, not coming, not going, without distinction, without identity, and free from conceptual construction." -- Arya Nagarjuna, 'Mulamadhyamakakarika'



Prayer for the flourishing
of Lama Tsong Khapa's teachings

Lo-sang Gyal-tan-ma ( blo bzang rgyal bstan ma )

by Gung-tang tan-pai Dron-me

Though he's the father, producer of all conquerors,
As a conqueror's son, he produced the thought of upholding
The conqueror's Dharma in infinite worlds. Through this truth
May the conqueror Losang's teaching flourish!

When of yore before [Buddha] Indraketu
He made his vow, the conqueror and his sons
Praised his powerful courage. Through this truth
May the conqueror Losang's teaching flourish!

That the lineage of pure view and conduct might spread,
He offered a white crystal rosary to the Sage,
Who gave him a conch and prophesied. Through this truth
May the conqueror Losang's teaching flourish!

His pure view free of eternity or destruction;
His pure meditation cleansed of dark fading and fog;
His pure conduct practiced according to conquerors' orders:
May the conqueror Losang's teaching flourish!

Learned, since he extensively sought out learning;
Reverend, rightly applying it to himself; 1
Good, dedicating all for beings and doctrine:
May the conqueror Losang's teaching flourish!

Through being sure that all scriptures, definitive and
Interpretative, were, without contradiction,
Advice for one person's practice, he stopped all misconduct:
May the conqueror Losang's teaching flourish!

Listening to explanations of the three pitakas,
Realized teachings, practice of the three trainings –
His skilled and accomplished life story is amazing.
May the conqueror Losang's teaching flourish!

Outwardly calmed and subdued by the hearer's conduct,
Inwardly trusting in the two stages' practice,
He allied without clash the good paths of sutra and tantra:
May the conqueror Losang's teaching flourish!

Combining voidness, explained as the causal vehicle,
With great bliss, achieved by method, the effect vehicle,
Heart essence of eighty thousand Dharma bundles –
May the conqueror Losang's teaching flourish!

By the power of the ocean of oath-bound doctrine protectors,
Like the main guardians of the three beings' paths –
The quick-acting lord, 2 Vaishravana, Karma-yama –
May the conqueror Losang's teaching flourish!

In short, by the lasting of glorious gurus' lives,
By the earth being full of good, learned, reverend holders
Of the teaching, and by the increase of power of its patrons,
May the conqueror Losang's teaching flourish!

Notes:
1. Literally, "…since he rightly applied the meaning of what he heard to [his own] continuum?quot;
2. Mahakala.

Colophon:
Translated by Martin Willson, Nalanda Monastery, August 1985,
from "Rites and Prayers", Wisdom Publications, London 1985.