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jeeprs wrote: I didn't get the sense of that in those empowerment sessions I went to. So I didn't continue with that group.
So I am not saying I think that these ceremonies are a bad thing. What troubled me was the lack of qualification of the participants. In the traditional culture, you would be talking to an audience who understood a lot about the context.
jeeprs wrote:I found the whole experience rather perplexing. Maybe I'm a cynic, but I am sceptical of the efficacy of vicarious empowerment ceremonies. How are they supposed to work? Like a magic spell? I suppose my own attitude was clearly not conducive to receiving whatever benefits might accrue from such activities.
Controversy #1jeeprs wrote:The idea was that at a specific time, a group would all assemble at someone's house, and the teaching, or empowerment, would be transmitted via Skype (or something similar) whilst the attendees went through the ceremony, assisted by some printed materials.
Controversy #2jeeprs wrote:From the remarks and questions of the others in this group, I formed the view that many of them did not have a very good grasp of what you might call 'Buddhist fundamentals'. They were a really diverse group - a couple of teens, and others of various ages and backgrounds.
jeeprs wrote:Yes, that is very much what I imagine the requirements must be like. I wouldn't consider myself a candidate without considerable preparation.
The only "official requirement" at any of the empowerments I have received thus far is refuge
Not unless they sneaked them in when everybody was not looking.JKhedrup wrote:The lama didn't give bodhisattva vows...
Generating aspiring bodhicitta is something we do at the beginning of all practices, it's not really empowerment specific....or maybe generating the aspiring bodhicitta?