A Discourse With YesheRabbit 
Topic: 7-Line Prayer Practice 
Date: May 20, 2014 
 
Tonight, in our Tea & Chanting Sangha, we are working with the 7-Line Prayer. We, in 
our sangha, work with this prayer to awaken the inner nature of Padhmasambhava and to 
honor his example. Specifically, that Padhmasambhava is the one who brings the 
enlightening Dharma material into Tibet and, in the same way that he is the bringer of 
that information to Tibet, so is he the bringer of that information into our own awareness. 
His nature within our nature, when we practice the guru yoga of this session, is to connect 
with that part of us which is always ready to go over the mountain and find the place 
where we’re needed next; that sense of quest, that sense of feeling motivated towards 
benefiting all beings, so much so that we reach beyond our familiarity zone and go into 
places that would otherwise be unknown to us. 
 
When I think about how that works in my own life - and I invite for you to think about, 
for yourselves, how this might work - it is the willingness to reach into someone else’s 
experience and to stay calm and present for their expression of their experience. Even if it 
is an experience that I’m not familiar with. Even if it’s an experience that maybe makes 
me uncomfortable. So, the 7-Line Prayer is a prayer that I call upon, in my practice, for 
fortification toward my own adventuresome nature. I call upon it, also, for staying in the 
motivation that all of my adventures be of benefit, in some way, to all beings- that 
everywhere I go I leave it a little better or I leave some comfort, compassion, or wisdom. 
 
I invite you, going into this practice tonight, to be thinking about your own exploration, 
your own good deeds, your own being of benefit, and your own sense of awakeness and 
awareness. In this time, when we’re working so heavily with Vajrasattva and we’re doing 
this detoxing, purification, refinement, spreading out of rainbow light, and crystallizing 
our own inner matrix, we’re having an opportunity to touch the part of ourselves that is 
already free from obscuration, is already motivated to the highest good. We can kind of 
bring that forward from amidst the rubble that Vajrasattva leaves as obscuration, ego, and
mind crumble and the thoughts and stories, that would otherwise haunt or plague us, lie 
in ruins around us. Padhmasambhava comes over the mountain and is like “Oh, this looks 
like a really good place to drop some Dharma. Let me leave a little wisdom for you, here! 
Nice, let‘s all sit and do some meditation together.” So, we’re invoking the inner 
Padhmasabhava who [seems to say] “Hey, everybody, let’s sit down and have a direct 
experience and reawaken the parts of ourselves that are there, have always been there, 
and will always be there - our already enlightened nature - and see if we can’t bring those 
forward to address the ruin left in the wake of Vajrasattva. How can we build from this?” 
 
So, in that spirit, I thought I’d teach a mantra, associated with Padhmasambhava, that we 
haven’t done in our practice yet. I thought I’d share it with you in case it is something 
that you’d like to use as a supplement to your practice. Then, together, we’ll do the 
7-Line Prayer. At the very beginning of my Tibetan Buddhist journey, when I used to go 
to the Nyingma Institute in Berkeley, under the direction of Tarthang Tulku, the mantra 
that they did for Padhmasambhava went like this: 
 
Om Ah Hum Vajra Guru Pema Sidhi Hum 
 
If you’re doing your practice and the 7-Line Prayer portion of your practice is complete, 
and you’re sitting in your meditation with Padhmasambhava doing your guru yoga, you 
could maybe chant that mantra in that space as a way to build a little added energy into 
the practice or to give you a new method of insight into the practice.