Seven branches (Skt. saptāṅga; Tib. yenlak dün; Wyl. yan lag bdun) — As Chökyi Drakpa says: "The seven branch practice (or the seven aspects of devotional practice) incorporates all the key points for gathering the accumulations." They are:
- requesting not to pass into parinirvana, the antidote to wrong views
- dedication of merit, the antidote to doubts
- Seven aspects of devotional practice
- Sevenfold service (Dorje & Kapstein)
- Seven limbs (Geshe Thupten Jinpa)
- Chökyi Drakpa, A Torch for the Path to Omniscience, see A Guide to the Practice of Ngöndro (Tertön Sogyal Trust, 2007), pages 198-203.
- Patrul Rinpoche, The Words of My Perfect Teacher (Boston: Shambhala, Revised edition, 1998), pages 317-328.
- Khenpo Ngawang Palzang, A Guide to the Words of My Perfect Teacher (Boston & London: Shambhala, 2004), pages 267-274.
- In Lala Sonam Chödrup's famous commentary on the Prayer of Sukhavati (bde smon), confession is said to be an antidote to ignorance, whereas requesting to turn the wheel of Dharma is said to be the antidote to abandoning the Dharma.
- In Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö's famous commentary on guru yoga, Yeshe Saldrön, requesting to turn the wheel of Dharma is said to be an antidote to holding wrong views, whereas requesting not to pass into parinirvana is given as the antidote to ignorance.