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Four empowerments

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Four empowerments (Tib. 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 (Wyl. bum pa'i dbang; Skt. kalaśābhiṣeka),
  2. the secret empowerment (Wyl. gsang ba'i dbang; Skt. guhyābhiṣeka),
  3. the knowledge-wisdom empowerment (Wyl. shes rab ye shes kyi dbang; Skt. prajñājñānābhiṣeka) and
  4. the precious word empowerment (Tib. tsik wang rinpoche; Wyl. tshig dbang rin po che).

The Function of the Four Empowerments

The Vase Empowerment

The Secret Empowerment

The Transcendent Knowledge-Wisdom Empowerment

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
  • 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'.

Source

RigpaWiki:Four empowerments