Seven-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche
In these dark times of degeneration, it is far from easy to progress and succeed in spiritual practice, solely by one’s own effort. Therefore, it is very important for one to pray constantly to Guru Padmasambhava, the embodiment of all Buddhas past, present, and to come. Of all the prayers to the great and glorious Padmasambhava, the invocation composed of seven vajra verses is supreme. It is the king of all prayers; the pith of sutras, tantras and upadeshas; the core of all Dharmas of the Ground, Path and Fruit; and the essence of all practices of the Three Roots of Guru, Dakini and Yidam. It arose spontaneously as the natural resonance of indestructible ultimate reality and is an immense treasure-mine of blessings and accomplishments.
When you supplicate by reciting the Seven-Line Prayer, Padmasambhava and all the Three Roots of Guru, Yidams and Dakas will immediately gather like the clouds in front of you to grant you blessings and bestow you common and supreme siddhis without any hindrances.
This Seven-Line Prayer, as the King of all prayers, was not composed by Padmasambhava himself. It is a prayer with which the Buddhas of the ten directions entreat Padmasambhava to come. Emitted naturally from the sky when the blessing and wisdom of the Buddhas of the three times join together, just like the Sole Heir of the Doctrine Tantra, this prayer is the source or the treasury of all blessings, all merits and all siddhis.
Notes for Lecture 1
Whenever you encounter any obstacles in dharma practices, or have any emotional problems, knowing to pray to Guru Rinpoche is very important. Orgyen Tendzin Norbu states in his Shastra of Praising Precepts, “Entreat Padmasambhava intensely, and you will definitely not be swayed by obstacles.” H.H. Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche used to quote this phrase. In fact, in addition to quoting, whenever hindrances occurred to his retinues or to the institute, he and his disciples would always pray with devotion. In the degenerate time, praying to Padmasambhava sincerely brings significant results both in the propagation of Buddhadharma and in the personal spiritual practice.