Dharma Lecture: The Meanings and Practice of Empowerments

Sunday, November 14 at 1:30 pm
Instructor: Tulku Yeshi Gyatso
Suggested Contribution: $25 Public, $20 Members

Many Westerners to receive initiations and empowerments more than any hard sutra teachings. Often, the announcement for an empowerment is read like a corporate advertisement, telling us that a specific yidam is powerful, because it will help us become healthy or wealthy—perhaps causing some people to think an empowerment (and its benefits) is like on object one can purchase. Unfortunately, after receiving an initiation or empowerment, most people don’t practice the sadhana. This is a little like buying a new piece of electronic equipment and then putting it in the closet. Tulku Yeshi will explain the importance of practicing the tantric teachings in order to truly benefit from an empowerment or initiation. In this class, we will focus on the significance and practice of today’s Manjushri initiation.

Ven Tulku Yeshi Gyatso Rinpoche is a Dzogchen master and the reincarnation of Dzogchen Gyaltsab Thodo Rinpoche. He was recognized by H.H. Dalai Lama's Nyingmapa teacher Kyabje Trulshig Rinpoche. He received teachings from twenty-five masters representing all five schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Tulku Yeshi has written eight books, seven of which have been published, on the subject of Tibetan Buddhism and culture including A One Thousand Year History of Sakyapa. He also writes novels, poetry for mind training, provides Tibetan astrology readings, and can bestow empowerments. Currently he working on Dharma activities at Sakya Monastery in Seattle and is working on his own biography, Magic and Monk.