Heart of the Middle Way

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The Heart of the Middle Way (Skt. Madhyamaka-hṛdaya; Tib. དབུ་མའི་སྙིང་པོ་, u mé nying po, Wyl. dbu ma’i snying po) is a Madhyamika treatise by Bhavaviveka. Its auto-commentary is called the Blaze of Reason (Tarkajvālā).

Quotations

ཡང་དག་ཀུན་རྫོབ་རྣམས་ཀྱི་སྐས། །

མེད་པར་ཡང་དག་ཁང་ཆེན་གྱི། །
སྟེང་དུ་འགྲོ་བར་བྱ་བ་ནི། །

མཁས་ལ་རུང་བ་མ་ཡིན་ནོ། །

Trying to reach the great mansion
Of the authentic nature of reality
Without the steps of the authentic relative
Is not an approach the wise should take.[1]

Bhāvaviveka, Heart of the Middle Way, III, 12


Further Reading

  • Malcolm David Eckel, Bhaviveka and His Buddhist Opponents: Chapters 4 and 5 of the verses on the Heart of the Middle Way (Madhyamakahrdayakarikah), Harvard Oriental Series, 2009

References

  1. This verse is also found in Atīśa’s Introduction to the Two Truths (བདེན་གཉིས་ལ་འཇུག་པ་)