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 +======= Empowerment - Abhiṣeka - དབང་ - Wang ======= ​
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 +**[[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]].
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 +===== Subcategories =====
 +[[Tulku Thondup]] explains that among the different ways of categorizing empowerments:​
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 +  - 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.<​ref>​ Tulku Thondup, //​Enlightened Journey//, Shambala, 1995. p113. </​ref>​
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 +//See also// the [[four empowerments]].
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 +===== 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. 
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 +His Holiness the [[Dalai Lama]] says:\\
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 +>"​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 [[Five Buddha Families|Buddhas of the Five Families]]. In particular, you are ‘ripened’ within that particular family through which it is your personal predisposition to attain [[Buddhahood]]."​
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 +===== Empowerments Given to the Rigpa Sangha =====
 +Many great masters have bestowed the most important empowerments needed for our practice upon the [[About Rigpa|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.
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 +===== Notes =====
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 +===== Further Reading =====
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 +  * [[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.
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 +===== Internal Links =====
 +  * [[Samaya]]
 +  * [[:​Category:​Events|Events]] ​
 +  * [[Empowerments Given to the Rigpa Sangha]]
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 +===== External Links =====
 +  * [[http://​www.berzinarchives.com/​web/​en/​archives/​advanced/​tantra/​level1_getting_started/​advice_taking_tantric_empowerment.html|Advice for Taking a Tantric Empowerment (Initiation) by Alexander Berzin]]
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 +===== Categories =====
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 +[[Category:​Key Buddhist Terms]]
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 +[[Category:​Empowerments]]
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 +[[Category:​Sadhanas]]
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