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The Significance of a Two-Day Major Empowerment
Teacher: His Holiness the Sakya Trichen (the 41st Sakya Trizin),
Venue: Singapore,
Year: 2007

His Holiness the Sakya Trichen (the 41st Sakya Trizin) bestowed this teaching on September 16, 2007, at Singapore Buddha Sasana Society (Sakya Tenphel Ling).

Although it might appear that Vajrayāna, or the “vajra vehicle,” is a third yana that exists apart from Hīnayāna and Mahāyāna, Vajrayāna is, in fact, an aspect of Mahāyāna, or the “Great Vehicle” tradition. As with any journey we might undertake, having a proper understanding of the way will help us travel with a clear focus and with well-directed exertions.

In this teaching, His Holiness provides a concise explanation of the Sakya protocols for receiving the Vajrayāna Dharma. Explaining the differences between empowerments, blessings, and permissions, he distinguishes the Sakya understanding from that of the other schools, and he emphasizes that although it is challenging, we must follow the path properly from beginning to end and not be discouraged.

Source: This teaching was obtained from the website of Sakya Tenphel Ling.

To truly embark on the Vajrayāna path, the first step is to receive an empowerment.

There are many types of empowerments and initiations. What are the differences between them? Is there a sequential order in receiving empowerments and initiations? Can any teacher bestow an empowerment or initiation? What prerequisites are required for one to receive an empowerment?

In this teaching, His Holiness provides a detailed explanation about empowerments and initiations. May we fully cherish this precious human life and truly embark on the Vajrayāna path for the benefit of all sentient beings.