ARYADEVAS FOUR HUNDRED STANZAS ON THE MIDDLE WAY
Author: Aryadeva and Gyel-tsap
Gyel-tsap Dar-ma-rin-chen states that Aryadevas Four Hundred Stanzas was written to explain how, according to Nagarjuna, the practice of the stages of yogic deeds enables those with Mahayana motivation to attain Buddhahood. Both Nagarjuna and Aryadeva urge those who want to understand reality to induce direct experience of ultimate truth through philosophic inquiry and reasoning. Aryadevas text is more than a commentary on Nagarjunas Treatise on the Middle Way, because it also explains the extensive paths associated with conventional truths. The Four Hundred Stanzas is one of the fundamental works of Mahayana Buddhist philosophy, and Gyel-tsaps commentary is arguably the most complete and important of the Tibetan commentaries on it.