pensum wrote:Note that there is also simply making a connection (pa'i dbang gis), such as when a lama touches a text or statue to one's crown, sometimes they will do this when giving a particular student permission to read and study that particular text before the student has had the opportunity to receive the empowerment or reading transmission.
I'd like to hear more specifics about the form and function of a pay wang gi, if at all possible. Before these discussions about empowerments, I only knew of the generic expression "wang" and the specific terms wangkur and jenang. Is this "connection" what most people are referring to when they speak of a "provisional empowerment," or is that something else?
Since texts and statues are representations of body and speech, respectively, could anything consecrated/blessed/designated by one's lama serve as the basis for a pay wang gi until such time as the appropriate level of empowerment can be obtained? H.H. Jigdral Dagchen Sakya has consecrated recorded DVDs which contain compressed spreadsheets of mantras for use in prayer wheels... so could that have implications as well?