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<noinclude>'''Four empowerments''' (Tib. དབང་བཞི་, ''wang shyi''; [[Wyl.]] ''dbang bzhi'') — in general, and according to the [[inner tantras]], there are four levels or stages within any [[empowerment]]:</noinclude>
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<noinclude>'''Four empowerments''' (Tib. དབང་བཞི་, ''wang shyi'', [[Wyl.]] ''dbang bzhi'') — in general, and according to the [[inner tantras]], there are four levels or stages within any [[empowerment]]:</noinclude>
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#the knowledge-wisdom empowerment (Skt. ''prajñājñānābhiṣeka''; Wyl. ''shes rab ye shes kyi dbang'')
 
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==Further Reading==
 
==Further Reading==
 
*His Holiness [[Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche]], ''Pure Appearance—Development and Completion Stages in the Vajrayana Practice'' (Halifax: Vajravairochana Translation Committee, 2002), pages 1-14. restricted publication
 
*His Holiness [[Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche]], ''Pure Appearance—Development and Completion Stages in the Vajrayana Practice'' (Halifax: Vajravairochana Translation Committee, 2002), pages 1-14. restricted publication
*[[Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche]], ''Guru Yoga: According to the Preliminary Practice of Longchen Nyingtik'' (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 1999), pages 63-70.
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*Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, ''Guru Yoga: According to the Preliminary Practice of Longchen Nyingtik'' (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 1999), pages 63-70.
 
*[[Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse]], ''Not for Happiness'' (Boston & London: Shambhala, 2012) Ch.13 'Abhisheka and the Four Empowerments in Guru Yoga'.
 
*[[Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse]], ''Not for Happiness'' (Boston & London: Shambhala, 2012) Ch.13 'Abhisheka and the Four Empowerments in Guru Yoga'.
 
*[[Mingyur Rinpoche]], ''Turning Confusion into Clarity'' (Boulder: Snow Lion, 2014), pages 331-335.
 
*[[Mingyur Rinpoche]], ''Turning Confusion into Clarity'' (Boulder: Snow Lion, 2014), pages 331-335.
 
*[[Thinley Norbu]], ''The Small Golden Key'' (Shambhala Publications, 1999), pages 60-63.
 
*[[Thinley Norbu]], ''The Small Golden Key'' (Shambhala Publications, 1999), pages 60-63.
 
*[[Tulku Thondup]], ''Enlightened Journey'' (Boston: Shambhala, 1995), Chapter 12 'Receiving the Four Empowerments of Ngöndro Meditation'.
 
*[[Tulku Thondup]], ''Enlightened Journey'' (Boston: Shambhala, 1995), Chapter 12 'Receiving the Four Empowerments of Ngöndro Meditation'.
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==Teachings Given to the [[About Rigpa|Rigpa]] Sangha==
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*Ven. Sean Price, [[Lerab Ling]], question & answer session, 15 June 2019
  
 
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Revision as of 09:24, 17 June 2019

Four empowerments (Tib. དབང་བཞི་, wang shyi, Wyl. dbang bzhi) — in general, and according to the inner tantras, there are four levels or stages within any empowerment:

  1. the vase empowerment (Skt. kalaśābhiṣeka; Wyl. bum pa'i dbang)
  2. the secret empowerment (Skt. guhyābhiṣeka; Wyl. gsang ba'i dbang; )
  3. the knowledge-wisdom empowerment (Skt. prajñājñānābhiṣeka; Wyl. shes rab ye shes kyi dbang)
  4. the precious word empowerment


The Function of the Four Empowerments

The Vase Empowerment

The Secret Empowerment

  • purifies all the negative karma accumulated through negative actions of the speech
  • grants the blessings of vajra speech
  • unblocks and re-balances the prana
  • authorizes the student as a receptive vessel for mantra recitation
  • sows the seed for the attainment of the state of a ‘vidyadhara with power over life
  • enables the student to attain the sambhogakaya level of realization.

The Transcendent Knowledge-Wisdom Empowerment

  • purifies all the negative karma accumulated through negative actions of the mind
  • grants the blessings of the vajra mind
  • purifies and enhances bindu
  • authorizes the student as a receptive vessel for the chandali practices of bliss and emptiness (i.e. tsa-lung and tummo)
  • sows the seed for the attainment of the state of a ‘mahamudra vidyadhara
  • enables the student to attain the dharmakaya level of realization.

The Precious Word Empowerment

Further Reading

  • His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Pure Appearance—Development and Completion Stages in the Vajrayana Practice (Halifax: Vajravairochana Translation Committee, 2002), pages 1-14. restricted publication
  • Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Guru Yoga: According to the Preliminary Practice of Longchen Nyingtik (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 1999), pages 63-70.
  • Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, Not for Happiness (Boston & London: Shambhala, 2012) Ch.13 'Abhisheka and the Four Empowerments in Guru Yoga'.
  • Mingyur Rinpoche, Turning Confusion into Clarity (Boulder: Snow Lion, 2014), pages 331-335.
  • Thinley Norbu, The Small Golden Key (Shambhala Publications, 1999), pages 60-63.
  • Tulku Thondup, Enlightened Journey (Boston: Shambhala, 1995), Chapter 12 'Receiving the Four Empowerments of Ngöndro Meditation'.

Teachings Given to the Rigpa Sangha

  • Ven. Sean Price, Lerab Ling, question & answer session, 15 June 2019