tomamundsen wrote:I think the main issue would be that without the guru, you can't make the connection with the deity via empowerment. But it's not like it's "against the rules" as far as I know.
gregkavarnos wrote:Definitely need a teacher/lama for the oral transmission of the mantra and sadhana and instructions/explanations of the visualisation, mantra and practice. Of course one does not necessarily need a sadhana to do a practice, you can just receive the short praise and the mantra. But, officially, all of this has to come from a lama or somebody that has completed the preliminiaries for the deity.
Empowerment 100% needs the presence of a qualified teacher. Having said that, empowerment is not 100% necessary in order for you to do a practice. It does take one's practice to another level though.
So yes, you can choose an enlightened deity as a protector. Many protectors (dharmapala) are enlightened beings too. Most protectors are aspects of an enlightened beings activity anyway.
Keep in mind that you may be asked to officially take refuge before a practice is given to you (especially a sadhana). You may also be asked to complete some type of preliminaries (ngondro) too.
No. You need the oral transmission of the mantra and prayers.Red Faced Buddha wrote:So if I want to meditate on Manjushri,I must receive an empowerment?
I know nothing about Nio Zen. Try posting your question in the relevant subforum.I was thinking more of Nio Zen then Tantra but that's beside the point.
http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/en/ar ... rment.htmlWhat exactly are empowerments?
gregkavarnos wrote:No. You need the oral transmission of the mantra and prayers.Red Faced Buddha wrote:So if I want to meditate on Manjushri,I must receive an empowerment?
It is true that nobody will start a witch hunt but:tomamundsen wrote:gregkavarnos wrote:No. You need the oral transmission of the mantra and prayers.Red Faced Buddha wrote:So if I want to meditate on Manjushri,I must receive an empowerment?
While definitely technically true, it's not like anyone's going to start a witch hunt if you make up your own meditation based on Manjushri. Of course, it would be much more effective to go the traditional route and get a transmission, empowerment, and teachings from a lama.
gregkavarnos wrote:1. Why reinvent the wheel?
2. Wouldn't it be better to rely on a practice conceived of by a realised teacher rather than one based on a mistaken understanding?
dakini_boi wrote:Yes, you can take any enlightened being as your protector. All Buddhas embody all the qualities of Buddhahood, and that would include protection from fear.
I believe you can recite Manjushri's mantra without empowerment or lung. Vajrapani, I am not sure. Both are featured in Mahayana sutras, which you can always recite on your own. Why not read some sutras, and find one that you like? At the end of a sutra is usually a mantra, which you can then recite as a prayer.
CrawfordHollow wrote:You could always pray to and recite the Vajra Guru Mantra and Seven-Line Prayer. Years ago I started chanting the Vajra Guru as much as I could; at work, doing the dishes, walking the dog. Within a couple months I met my root lama and my practice really took off. I still chant the mantra constantly. Guru Rinpoche is a figure that I have always felt drawn to, there are many other Buddhas you can pray to, it doesn't have to be a formal practice.
If you want to practice a Vajrayana sadhana you definately need to make the connection with a teacher. Gitting the empowerment and lung is like plugging yourself into the circuit of blessings of the lineage. Thats obviously important, but there are many things that you can do now to incorporate these enlightened beings into your practice, you could pray to them, make prostrations, read their sutras or life stories, ect. You could make aspiration prayers that you will meet a teacher who will give you the empowermet that you are looking for. I think aspiration prayers are really important and useful. Its like casting out our good intentions like a fishing lure. Keep at it and you are bound to make a "catch".
If you feel drawn to Manjushri or another deity chances are you already have a karmic connection to that deity or practice. Like somebody pointed out in a past thread, even realized beings who take a rebirth have to go through the process of recieving all of their empowerments again. Don't get discouraged if you can't find a teacher right away. Have faith and good intentions and the rest will fall into place with time.