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Texts by and about the Kashmiri master Śākyaśrībhadra (shā kya shrī bzang po, 1127–1225), who in 1204 travelled to Tibet, where he became the teacher of a number of important lamas, including Sakya Paṇḍita Kunga Gyaltsen:
The Viśuddhadarśanacaryopadeśa (lta spyod rnam dag gi man ngag) is a very brief work included in the Tengyur (Toh 2464). It discusses the empty, illusory nature of reality and recommends meditation on 'emptiness with compassion as its core' (stong nyid snying rje'i snying po can).
- A Brief Practice for Paying Homage and Making Offerings to the Buddha together with his retinue of Arhats | Sixteen Arhats
This liturgy, which is included in the Kriyātantra section of the Tengyur (Toh 2863), consists of verses for taking refuge and generating bodhicitta followed by a brief ritual for taking the eight vows of sojong with the mahāyāna motivation of wishing to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.
Lists of the seven branches (yan lag bdun; saptāṅga) vary. In this short text by the influential Kashmiri scholar Śākyaśrībhadra, which is included in the Tengyur (Toh 3980), the seven are: 1) prostration, 2) offering, 3) taking refuge, 4) confession, 5) rejoicing, 6) generating bodhicitta, and 7) making prayers of aspiration.
Extracted from Śākyaśrībhadra's Seven Branches for Practising the Sacred Dharma (Saptāṅgasaddharmacaryāvatāra), these verses for taking refuge and generating bodhicitta are often recited independently of their original source.