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Four Conditions

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Four Conditions

    The causal condition (rgyu'i rkyen) is the disciple who has faith and intelligence
    The dominant condition (bdag rkyen) is the teacher who is fully qualified
    The objective condition (dmigs rkyen) is the teacher's knowledge of the empowerment, deities, and mantras, and samadhi
    The immediate condition (de ma thag rkyen) is the previous phase or empowerment, since each phase prepares the student for what follows, and that is why empowerments must be given in the proper sequence