On Receiving an Empowerment
In his root Dzogchen text Extracting the Vital Essence of Accomplishment, Kyabjé Düdom Rinpoché writes that these pith instructions are intended as an entrance to the Path of Great Perfection “for those fortunate individuals… who have heartfelt trust in the profound, secret Dharma of the Great Perfection and in the guru who reveals it; and for those who are intent on pursuing this practice to its culmination.”
Similarly anyone who wishes to receive this empowerment of the Lake-Born Vajra, Tsokyé Dorjé, should have heartfelt trust in the teachings on Dzogchen revealed by the Lake-Born Vajra to Düdjom Lingpa and in the spiritual mentor who is granting this empowerment with the authorization of his root Dzogchen lama, the Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoché.
While there is no formal daily practice commitment associated with this empowerment—such as a sadhana or mantra commitment—taking the empowerment definitely constitutes committing to all the samayas and vows of the Vajrayana, so it is important that you know what these are, and believe that you can and will keep them purely.
We ask that you consider all of this deeply before making the commitment to receive the empowerment. You will need to register with this link for the empowerment unless you are already participating in the 2022 8-week retreat. The Password is: 2022LAKE