Precious word empowerment
The precious word empowerment (Tib. ཚིག་དབང་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་, tsik wang rinpoche; Wyl. tshig dbang rin po che) is the fourth and most important of the four empowerments. Khenpo Ngakchung writes that the goal of the precious word empowerment is to generate the spontaneously arisen innate wisdom, the absolute meaning of empowerment.
Thinley Norbu explains why it is called 'word' empowerment:
- The lama indicates to us by words in order to make us realize that the basis of our own natural mind is buddha nature. [...] In some systems, in the word empowerment, the lama indicates by a gesture, such as showing an object like a crystal, and explains how we should watch our mind.
The precious word empowerment:
- purifies all defilements of body, speech and mind, and all karmic, cognitive and habitual obscurations.
- grants the blessings of vajra wisdom
- authorizes the student as a receptive vessel for the practice of trekchö
- sows the seed for the attainment of the state of a ‘spontaneously accomplished vidyadhara’
- enables the student to attain the svabhavikakaya level of realization.
- ultimate empowerment of the absolute nature
- symbolic empowerment
- From Tulku Thondup, Enlightened Journey (Boston: Shambhala, 1995), page 228.
- Thinley Norbu, The Small Golden Key (Boston & London: Shambhala, 1993) page 62.