Ground empowerment

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The empowerment that we receive when we are first introduced into the mandala by an authentic vajra master is the ground empowerment.[1]

During the empowerment,

  • a disciple of superior faculties should realize the view related to the empowerment.
  • A disciple of middling faculties should have the experiences of bliss, clarity, and absence of thought.
  • Even disciples of inferior faculties should feel a firm conviction, impervious to distractions, that their body, speech, and mind are the three vajras.

An empowerment received in this way will be a proper empowerment that will serve as a basis for following the Vajrayana path.[2]


  1. Patrul Rinpoche, The Words of My Perfect Teacher (Boston: Shambhala, Revised edition, 1998), page 332.
  2. Khenpo Ngawang Pelzang, A Guide to the Words of My Perfect Teacher (Boston & London: Shambhala, 2004), page 277.

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