Empowerment with Jetsun Kushok

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Empowerment with Jetsun Kushok

Postby Kushi » Sun Aug 21, 2016 10:12 pm

This coming week, I will be attending a Vajranairatmya empowerment and Vajrayogini blessing (followed by 7 day teaching) with Jetsun Kushok. Here is the event: http://www.sakyadechenling.com/events-2 ... -area.html

Since this is actually my first initiation, and essentially my first encounter with any sort of Tibetan Vajrayana ritual, there are a number of things I feel kind of in the dark about. For instance, I'm not entirely sure what is expected of me in terms of behavior. Should the lama be addressed with an honorific? Is dana given to the lama on every separate day, or just once? If someone could clue me in with regards to basic protocol, I would be delighted!

I'm also a little bit confused by some of the terminology. For instance, the Vajrayogini ritual is called a 'blessing', but it seems like it grants access to the associated practice. Why isn't it called an empowerment?

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Re: Empowerment with Jetsun Kushok

Postby Kushi » Mon Aug 22, 2016 2:50 am

Thanks for your reply, Johnny. It sounds like everything will be fine.

With regards to the common Tantric vows - I'm familiar with these, and I feel comfortable taking them on. The only nagging issue in my mind is with the 7th root vow. This is due to the fact that I do academic work in this same area (Hindu and Buddhist tantra, including Anuttarayoga Tantra) which would seem to directly transgress against a hardline interpretation of this vow. It's obvious to me that not every lama takes a hardline approach, but I don't really have a sense of how Jetsun Kushok or other Sakyapas feel about the issue. I've sent out a few inquiries to people in the relevant organizations, but I haven't heard back yet (still too soon). Given that you seem to have spent some time around Sakyapas on the West Coast, maybe you can comment? Feel free to PM if that works better.


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