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[Tibetan Buddhism] Practices not requiring Empowerments

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:29 pm
by Yanako
Hi, I've read that the Guru Rinpoche Mantra can be used without Empowerment with the effect of guiding you to a qualified teacher, is that true?
Is the mantra in that context supposed to be simply chanted without visualisation?

Are Chenrezig, Green Tara and White Tara exceptions too even for solitary practice?

Thanks. :namaste:

Re: [Tibetan Buddhism] Practices not requiring Empowerments

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:52 pm
by Simon E.
Why not acquaint yourself with the responsibilities you would take on in order to take Refuge with a teacher, which would widen your practice choices?

Re: [Tibetan Buddhism] Practices not requiring Empowerments

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 5:43 pm
by Vasana
I don't know about the Vajra Guru Mantra but there are certainly Chenrezig, Tara and Medicine Buddha practices out there that don't require empowerment. Usually refuge is a minimum prerequisite.

You can't just practice any you come across though - it needs to be clear whether they need the lung or not.

Re: [Tibetan Buddhism] Practices not requiring Empowerments

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:13 pm
by Yanako
Simon E. wrote:
Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:52 pm
Why not acquaint yourself with the responsibilities you would take on in order to take Refuge with a teacher, which would widen your practice choices?
Well to be honest, I hoped to be able to augment my chances to meet an authentic teacher thanks to that mantra.

Re: [Tibetan Buddhism] Practices not requiring Empowerments

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:26 pm
by Aryjna
Yanako wrote:
Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:13 pm
Simon E. wrote:
Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:52 pm
Why not acquaint yourself with the responsibilities you would take on in order to take Refuge with a teacher, which would widen your practice choices?
Well to be honest, I hoped to be able to augment my chances to meet an authentic teacher thanks to that mantra.
It is probably quite easy to get a lung for a mantra, especially the very well known and widely used ones, online, by following streamed teachings.

Re: [Tibetan Buddhism] Practices not requiring Empowerments

Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:26 pm
by Soma999
I practiced vajra guru mantra without any empowerment, and also the 7 chapters prayers. I think sincerity and integrity is the most important. If really you feel a call in your heart, well, why would you say "no i can't express my devotion i have to wait". Guru Rinpoche is your own mind. If someone fear him, that's because they don't realise the Guru principle is inside. I practiced, and felt a connection.

After that i got an empowerment because the circonstances allowed it. And it's just obvious if one is sincere to catch the opportunity if it appears on your road.

I think empowerment is very important, of course, but sincerity and boddicitta is the most important. Why ? Because it allows your mind to merge with the mind of many gurus who vibrate at the same frequency. And then an inner alchemy can be produced while you practice and then apply the teachng in your life. And that's certainly one the most important "empowerment".

Re: [Tibetan Buddhism] Practices not requiring Empowerments

Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:43 pm
by Nyedrag Yeshe
Most practices in this page have instructions for people without empowerment
http://thubtenchodron.org/meditation/08-sadhana/

But still, you should do every effort to meet a capable teacher in person. And then, if not possible at the moment, check some teachers that give empowerments and teachings online such as Garchen Rinpoche and CNN.

Re: [Tibetan Buddhism] Practices not requiring Empowerments

Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:26 pm
by Nyedrag Yeshe
Soma999 wrote:
Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:26 pm
I practiced vajra guru mantra without any empowerment, and also the 7 chapters prayers. I think sincerity and integrity is the most important. If really you feel a call in your heart, well, why would you say "no i can't express my devotion i have to wait". Guru Rinpoche is your own mind. If someone fear him, that's because they don't realise the Guru principle is inside. I practiced, and felt a connection.

After that i got an empowerment because the circonstances allowed it. And it's just obvious if one is sincere to catch the opportunity if it appears on your road.

I think empowerment is very important, of course, but sincerity and boddicitta is the most important. Why ? Because it allows your mind to merge with the mind of many gurus who vibrate at the same frequency. And then an inner alchemy can be produced while you practice and then apply the teachng in your life. And that's certainly one the most important "empowerment".
Yes, people should never lose the chance to create an auspicious connection with Dharma and Buddhahood, as long as the means are proper. To this, using mantras and prayers from sutras especially is quite safe!