The Importance of the Seven Line Prayer

“Of all the devotional prayers used as a support for Dharma practice, the Seven-Line Prayer is the most essential, often repeated many thousands of times by practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism. This concise prayer invokes the blessings of Padmasambhava, also called Guru Rinpoche (“Precious Teacher”) and known as the Buddha of our time.” ~ Khaybje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, SolePanacea

Lama Sonam Rinpoche has requested (but not required) that those who are wanting to start their Ngondro practice begin by accumulating 10,000 recitations of the 7 Line Prayer. This is very important because these recitations can remove obstacles to accomplishing  Ngondro and are a way of making a deeper connection to Guru Rinpoche.

We are offering the text of the prayer (see below), recommended reading and video teachings to support you in your accumulations.

The Importance of the Seven Line Prayer
Mini-Series Teachings Video
with Lama Sonam Rinpoche
11 min runtime

Here is the link for the Bero Jeydren Publication of the
Seven Line Prayer

as previewed above.

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Here is the Amazon link for Mipham Rinpoche’s commentary
on the Seven Line Prayer:
White Lotus ,
translated by the Padmakara Translation Group.

Here is the Dharma Treasures link for Thinley Norbu’s commentary
on the Seven Line Prayer
Sole Panacea 
Shambhala Publications

Here is the link for Lama Tharchin Rinpoche chanting the
Seven Line Prayer

NOTE:  Clinking on any of the above links will open a new webpage.


… when all phenomena are exhausted


There are some who lack understanding of the view of the Great Perfection because they have no experience or realization. They then disparage the teachings of the Great Perfection, especially about passing simultaneously, which they claim is like some eternalist traditions of watching the sun. Without question, not only do they lack realization or experience, they do not even understand these teachings intellectually. In order for beings to perceive the limitless qualities of all the enlightened bodies, purelands, and wisdom activities of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, there are countless metaphors and similes in Buddha’s teachings and the enlightened commentaries that will continue to occur, like examples of the sun, moon, lights, mountains, oceans, and others, in order to connect to the meaning. In the ineffable accomplishment practices of the tantric categories of the New and Old schools, the seat of the sun and moon upon a lotus is continually mentioned in sadhana practices. Extremely sectarian people should not search for contradictions between the view that is held about the sun and the moon in the practice of passing simultaneously, and the view that is held during their own visualizations of the sun and moon disks on which deities are seated during developing stage practice. There is no logic to this abuse because it is the same sun and moon. The Great Perfection view of passing simultaneously is unrelated to the view of some eternalists who pray with reverence and respect to the sun and moon as gods. The practice of passing simultaneously temporarily uses the light of the sun and moon as a method, just as a support, in order for the inner radiance of wisdom body to become outwardly apparent. This view does not consider the sun and moon to be actual gods. Whenever the four visions of the appearances of qualities of the path are fully perfected, then there will be no sun and there will be no darkness. There will be no watcher of the rays of the sun and moon. There will be no paths or stages. These are the signs that will occur when all phenomena are exhausted in the space of stainless Dharmakaya.

Norbu Rinpoche, Thinley
A Cascading Waterfall of Nectar
Shambhala Publications
Kindle Edition
Photo:  Kaybje Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
Bhutan, Source: Instagram

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Four Thoughts

  • Precious Human Birth 

     The eases and obtainments of this precious human rebirth are extremely difficult to find.

  • Impermanence

     Whoever is born possesses the phenomena of impermanence and death.

  • Karma
         The cause and result of virtuous and non virtuous actions cannot be denied.
  • Suffering
         The continuous character of the three realms of samsara is an ocean of suffering. By remembering this, may my mind turn to the holy Dharma.”

A Cascading Waterfalls of Nectar, pgs 32-45
Thinley Norbu ~ Shambhala 2006

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Teaching by Lama Sonam Rinpoche on the Four Thoughts
(length ~ under 1 hour)

Filmed at Pema Osel Ling