We are at a crossroads: behind us is the path that brings us to this juncture; to our left is one extreme, to our right is another. We cannot travel for a while in one direction and then the opposite, as we would just move back and forth between extremes, never making any progress. The Middle Way is always ahead, and to traverse it, we must leave behind the paths that lead to delusion and despair.
The Middle Way is also not a “narrow path” ―it is broad and well lit by the ample and clear instructions of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. It has three lanes, and on it we can board the Basic Vehicle (Hinayana), the Great Vehicle (Mahayana), or the Swift Vehicle (Vajrayana), depending on our maturity, capacity, and inclination.