yang dag kun rdzob rnams kyi skas//

med par yang dag khang chen gyi//

steng du 'gro bar bya ba ni//

mkhas la rung ba ma yin no//

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.[i]

Heart of the Middle Way, III, 12


[i] This verse is also found in At??a?s Introduction to the Two Truths (bden gnyis la ?jug pa)