Here’s an alternate version of the Seven Branch Prayer. As you read through this one, notice that it has more than 7 verses. The number of verses may vary in a specific version but 7 themes are always present:
5) Requesting Teachings to Remain
6) Requesting Buddhas to Remain
7) Dedication/Sharing Merit.
This was found in the book “Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment” commentary by Geshe Sonam Rinchen. Translated by Ruth Sonam. I find it has more depth, pervasiveness and vastness than Version 1!
“I pay homage with body, speech, and mind to all the Buddhas, past present and future. To all those lions amongst humans, as many as there are in the worlds of the ten directions.
Through the power of this prayer of noble conduct, in my mind’s eye I see all those Victorious Ones. With as many bodies as there are atoms in the worlds, I bow to them all, the Victorious Ones.
On every atom, amidst Bodhisattvas, are as many Buddhas as there are atoms, and similarly I imagine the whole sphere of phenomena filled with Buddhas.
With an inexhaustible ocean of praise, through oceans of sound made with the organs of speech, I speak of the qualities of the Victorious and praise all those who have gone to bliss.
With the finest flowers and finest garlands, with the sweetest music, best unguents and best parasols, with the best butterlamps and the finest incense. I make offerings to all those Victorious Ones.
With fine clothes and the best fragrances, aromatic powders heaped high as the king of mountains. All arranged in the most excellent fashion, I make offerings to those Victorious Ones.
I imagine giving all the Victorious Ones the most extensive and unsurpassable offerings. Through the power of faith in noble conduct, I bow and make offerings to all Victorious Ones.
Whatever wrong actions I have created with my body, speech, and with my mind, driven by desire, anger and confusion, each of these I openly acknowledge.
I rejoice in the merit of the Victorious Ones and of Bodhisattvas in the ten directions, of Solitary Realizers, trainees and the perfected an in that of all living beings.
I urge those protectors who have just gained Buddhahood- enlightenment without obstruction, who are lamps for the worlds in the ten directions, to turn the unsurpassable wheel of teachings.
With folded hands I request those who wish to display the passing into parinirvana to remain for the benefit an joy of living beings for as many aeons as the worlds have atoms.
I dedicate the slight merit I have created through reverence, offerings and confession, through rejoicing, exhorting and through requesting to the attainment of highest enlightenment.”