Empowerment and the Path of Liberation by Tsele Natsok Rangdröl, Marcia Binder Schmidt, Erik Pema

By Tsele Natsok Rangdröl, Marcia Binder Schmidt, Erik Pema Kunsang, Chökyi Nyima

Empowerment and the trail of Liberation offers an in-depth explanation of the most important issues of Vajrayana through probably the most finished masters of 17th-century Tibet. The empowerment ritual is usually known as the imperative front door to Vajrayana Buddhism. It prompts our typical correct to an enlightened rule over our existence and non secular perform. Empowerment contains a wealth of directions on all of the key issues of Buddhist education, rather the trail of liberation of Mahamudra and Dzogchen.

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Moreover, should he realize the nature of the vase empower­ m ent with regards to the path of liberation, during the development stage practices he need not depend upon a mind-made practice of imaginary imputations, for he is liberated from the 'good clinging' of fixating on shapes and colors as the deity. For such a person all that appears and exists dawns as all-encompassing purity, and therefore all attachment and aggression towards self and other, enemy and friend, good and evil and so forth are naturally liberated.

In the past, some masters of 53 E m p o w e r m e n t the Sakya and Drigung schools differed in opinion about the classifications, w hat should be accepted or rejected, and so forth. But these days, people who correctly know w hat should be adopted or avoided seem to be rare. There are also cases where both the action and the motivation are labeled virtuous, yet still become evil deeds: for instance, to kill animals and throw a feast for monks and laypeople in order to make offerings for the sake of a deceased person, or to have ceremonies or chanting performed after a slaughtering.

He is able to understand how the external world is in fact a celestial palace and its inhabitants are indeed a mandala of deities. ' He realizes that our inherent possession, the five aggrega­ tes, are primordially the five male buddhas, the five elements are primordially the five female buddhas, the five poisons are prim or­ dially the five wisdoms, and so forth. This signifies having obtained the vase empowerment and having embodied its objective. In fact, it is necessary to purify our karmic perception of every­ thing outer and inner, the world and beings, as being ordinary and solid.

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