The Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche, our Precious One, is a daily joy for many of us who habitually and with great faith chant the sacred vowels. Padmasambhava, the second living Buddha in our age, is special to many of us. The Lotus Born revived the Dharma at a time it was under threat from persecuting invaders, bringing the precious teachings to the Land of Snows. Most lineages of authentic teachings in Tibet are from the Sage Guru.
Here is one of the most stirring and lovely chants of this very special and powerful seven lines.
Padmasambhava, the Lotus Born
According to tradition, Guru Rinpoche was born as an eight-year old child in a lotus blossom in the kingdom of Oddiyana—a part of the ancient India, although now the Swat Valley in Pakistan. Many miraculous life events proclaimed the enlightened nature of Padmasambhava.
After being invited to Tibet by Emperor Tri Songdetsen, Guru Rinpoche journeyed to the country and drove out the demons from the land. Padmasambhava introduced Tibet to Tantric Buddhism and is the founder of the Nyingma tradition, the oldest of the four major schools.
“My father is the intrinsic awareness, Samantabhadra (Sanskrit; Tib. ཀུན་ཏུ་བཟང་པོ). My mother is the ultimate sphere of reality, Samantabhadri (Sanskrit; Tib. ཀུན་ཏུ་བཟང་མོ). I belong to the caste of non-duality of the sphere of awareness. My name is the Glorious Lotus-Born. I am from the unborn sphere of all phenomena. I act in the way of the Buddhas of the three times.”