To read the following texts, you must have received the relevant empowerments and oral transmissions.
IMPORTANT: To read the following texts, it is vital that you have received the relevant empowerments and oral transmissions. The importance of this cannot be stressed enough. These texts are offered to the saṇgha here as free downloads with the understanding that they will be used acordingly, only by those who have the necessary empowerments and oral transmissions.
Regarding this, RigpaWiki explains:
Empowerment (Tib. དབང་, Wyl. dbang, wang) refers to the Vajrayāna ritual which awakens the special capacity for primordial wisdom (Tib. yeshe) to arise in the mind of the disciple. It is called 'empowerment' because when we receive it, we are empowered to follow a particular spiritual practice, and so come to master its realization. It is said:
In the Secret Mantra Vehicle, there can be no accomplishment without empowerment,
For that would be like a boatman without oars.
Without empowerment there's no accomplishment;
You can't get oil from pressing sand.
Empowerments can only be granted by qualified vajra masters and require for the students receiving them to maintain the specific vajrayāna precepts (Skt. samaya), on the basis of the refuge and bodhisattva vows. Read more...
Oral transmission (Tib. ལུང་, lung; Wyl. lung; Skt. āgama) — It is important to receive an oral transmission (sometimes called 'aural transmission' or 'reading transmission') from a teacher, in order to create an auspicious connection with a particular text or practice. In the case of tantric texts, such as sādhanas or commentaries, this transmission occurs once one has received the relevant empowerment.
The reading transmission is passed down from master to student when the student listens to the teacher reading a text for which he or she holds a transmission, ultimately going back to the author of the text. In this way, the student receives the blessing of the lineage without which he or she will not be able to understand the text fully in all its depth. Some teachers even consider it inappropriate to look at and read a dharma text for which one has not yet received a transmission.
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