First, before a teaching or practice, we always establish motivation. In Mahayana or Vajrayana – the Liberation of all beings from suffering.
Today we discuss the immutable Seven Line Prayer. In Nyingma, this is the King of Prayers. In fact, it is a complete Puja in itself.
Within are contained Refuge, Bodhicitta, making offerings, request for blessing and samaya. The prayer has three levels of meaning.
The three levels are Outer, Inner, and Secret. The Secret level should not be taught until an aspirant has accumulated 300,000 repetitions!
Jetsunma chanting slowly
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Jetsunma chanting the prayer a little faster
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Jetsunma chanting the prayer rapidly
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HUNG – ORGYEN YUL GYI NUB JANG TSAM
On the northwest border of the country of Urgyen
PEDMA GESAR DONG PO LA
In the pollen heart of a lotus
YA TSEN CHOG GI NGODRUP NYE
Marvelous in the perfection of your attainment
PEDMA JUNG NE ZHE SU DRAG
You are known as Lotus Born
KOR DU KHANDRO MANG PO KOR
And are surrounded by your circle of Dakinis
KYED KYI JE SU DAG DRUP KYI
Following you I will practice
JIN GYI LOB CHIR SHEG SU SOL
I pray you, come and confer your Blessings.
GURU PEDMA SIDDHI HUNG!
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The Two Eyes of Your Practice
Guru Rinpoche himself said, “I will appear as your Root Guru,” and that appearance is to be recognized. It demands to be recognized. One of the reasons why I harp so much on reciting the Seven line Prayer is because the Seven line Prayer is a prayer, the blessing of which creates the capability of seeing the Guru in all things, and of following the Guru and of practicing in such a way as to discriminate that absolute nature. The nature of that prayer is to begin to awaken our inner psychic channels and to bless our psychic channels and winds and fluids in such a way that everything within us that is the Buddhanature begins to awaken. That’s the power of that prayer, and it is done through the practice of recognizing and discriminating what is extraordinary. In order to provide for that kind of recognition, we have to put a lot more effort into that aspect of our practice than we have up until now.
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The Beginning of Awakening
One of the practices that we are taught as Buddhists is that always, always, Guru Rinpoche should be above the crown of our heads. We should be mindful that Guru Rinpoche is always there, seated on his lotus throne. Upon going to sleep, we should visualize that Guru Rinpoche becomes like light or liquid and then pours into the top chakra and through the central channel, and remains in the heart throughout the night. We fall asleep with Guru Rinpoche in the heart. This kind of mindfulness is the best part of practice. No matter what else I do, even if I don’t sit down and practice formally, I practice like that all the time. That’s the backbone that I rely on.
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