Path empowerment

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Path empowerment — once we have received a proper ground empowerment, any further empowerment we receive from someone else or self-empowerment that we take ourselves[1] is a Mantrayana repair-and-purification (Wyl. sngags kyi gso sbyong)[2] or a path empowerment.[3]


  1. For example, the fourfold empowerment that we take by ourselves when we practise Guru Yoga, without depending on anyone or anything else, is the path empow­erment. Source: Patrul Rinpoche, The Words of My Perfect Teacher, page 396.
  2. This is the Mantrayana equivalent of the pratimoksha repair-and-purification ritual involving the confession of downfalls. Source: note 308 from Khenpo Ngawang Pelzang, A Guide to the Words of My Perfect Teacher (Boston & London: Shambhala, 2004), page 315.
  3. Khenpo Ngawang Pelzang, op. cit., page 277.

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