Special Lecture: Empowerment, What's it All About?

Lecturer: Stephanie Prince
Sunday, October 18th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $20 Public, $15 Members
Prerequisite: None

In order to practice deity yoga in Vajrayana Buddhism, one has to receive empowerment, oral transmission, and instructions from qualified spiritual teachers. This session will focus on understanding the different types and aspects of empowerment. We will review what happens during an empowerment ceremony and talk about the meaning of initiation and its significance in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Stephanie Prince has studied and practiced Buddhism in the Tibetan tradition for more than 40 years and holds a B.A. in Comparative Religion from the University of Washington. She has received teachings and major initiations in the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, including the Sakya LamDre (Path with its Fruit), both the Lamdre Tsogshay and the Lamdre Lobshay. She has taught on general Buddhism and has guided Buddhist ritual classes at Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. She also serves as a Buddhadharma mentor and VEI catalog editor.