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Empowerment - Abhiṣeka - དབང་ - Wang

**Empowerment** (Skt. //abhiṣeka//; Tib. དབང་, //wang//; Wyl. //dbang//) is the initiation that transmits or awakens primordial wisdom (Tib. ཡེ་ཤེས་, //yeshe//), the power or realization in the mind of the disciple.


Tulku Thondup explains that among the different ways of categorizing empowerments:

 - empowerments given to disciples who have not been initiated before are called **causal empowerment**;
 - the empowerment given to students for developing their maturation or restoring the broken [[precepts]] are classified as **empowerment of the path**; and
 - empowerments given to those who are ready to achieve the final attainment and which cause the disciple to attain the ultimate fruition are classified as **empowerments of result** because they bring the final result. Tulku Thondup, //Enlightened Journey//, Shambala, 1995. p113. 

//See also// the four empowerments.

The Function of Empowerment

Empowerment is to ripen or mature our Buddha Nature. Even though all beings possess the Buddha Nature, without receiving empowerment it is not possible to receive blessings and accomplishments through a particular practice, just as it will never be possible to get oil by pressing sand.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama says:

“When an empowerment is conferred on you, it is the nature of your mind — the buddha nature — that provides a basis upon which the empowerment can ripen you. Through the empowerment, you are empowered into the essence of the Buddhas of the Five Families. In particular, you are ‘ripened’ within that particular family through which it is your personal predisposition to attain Buddhahood.”
Empowerments Given to the Rigpa Sangha

Many great masters have bestowed the most important empowerments needed for our practice upon the Rigpa sangha over the years, in particular, Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in 1987 and 1990, Kyabjé Penor Rinpoche in 1988 and 1995, Kyabjé Dodrupchen Rinpoche in 1999, and Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche in 1999, 2003, and 2005.

Further Reading

 * [[Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche]], //Journey Without Goal//, The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, Volume Four (Boston & London: Shambhala, 2003), Ch. 10 'Abhisheka'.
 * [[Herbert V. Guenther]], //The Dawn of Tantra//, The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa, Volume Four (Boston & London: Shambhala, 2003), Ch. 9 'Empowerment and Initiations'.
 * [[His Holiness]] [[Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche]], //Pure Appearance// (Halifax: Vajravairochana Translation Committee, 1992, 2002—restricted title), pages 1-14.
 * [[Jamgön Kongtrul]], //The Treasury of Knowledge, Book Six, Part Four: Systems of Buddhist Tantra//, translated by Elio Guarisco and Ingrid McLeod (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2005), Ch. 12 //Initiation//'.
 * [[Thinley Norbu]], //The Small Golden Key// (Shambhala Publications, 1999), '12. Empowerment'. 
 * [[Tsele Natsok Rangdrol]], //Empowerment and the Path of Liberation//, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 1993.
 * [[Tulku Thondup]], //Enlightened Journey: Buddhist Practice as Daily Life// (Boston: Shambhala, 1995), 'The Empowerments and Precepts of Esoteric Training', pages 106-133.

 * [[Samaya]]
 * [[:Category:Events|Events]] 
 * [[Empowerments Given to the Rigpa Sangha]]

 * [[|Advice for Taking a Tantric Empowerment (Initiation) by Alexander Berzin]]

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