Aro Dictionary

An empowerment is a structured occasion on which a Lama gives transmission of Vajrayana practice. It may be described as a ‘ceremony’ or ‘ritual’ – but those terms suggest rote performance. To be effective, an empowerment must be ecstatically involving. ‘Symbolic enactment of transmission’ is a more accurate definition.
The equivalent Tibetan term is wang. It is spelled dBang.
The equivalent Sanskrit term is abhisheka.
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