I was just looking for some help and guidance. Back in 2007 I was given the 'Gaden Lha Gyema' by a Rinpoche but since that time I have found and attended teachings of a Nyingmapa Lama and I feel the closest connection to the Nyingmapa school, Guru Rinpoche, and the Lama's instructions. I think I have decided just to try and focus on the Nyingmapa tradition and I am wondering what might be a good ritual practice to do, not sure if it would be Guru Rinpoche's seven-line prayer or any others and I am also wondering what are the popular texts within that tradition.
If you have any advice or suggestions for someone like me I would greatly appreciate.
The 7-line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche is excellent to do. Very penetrating blessings. It's also very good to recite the Vajra Guru mantra (OM AH HUNG VAJRA GURU PEMA SIDDHI HUNG). While reciting the 7-line prayer and the mantra, you can visualize five-colored wisdom lights emanating in all directions from Guru Rinpoche, dissolving into your heart and the hearts of all beings, giving blessings and removing obscurations. You can of course offer candles/tea lights, incense, flowers, or the whole 7 bowl offering (water for drinking, water for washing, flowers, incense, light, perfumed water, food, music). Also, here's a thread with a few of the commonly recited Nyingma prayers: viewtopic.php?f=49&t=1016&p=6500#p6500
. I'm sure you know already the importance of beginning with refuge and bodhicitta, practicing throughout with the view of emptiness, and dedicating the merit at the end. Anyhow, hope the above helps.