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Adhisthana (Skt.): Also known as 'blessing(s).'

In the Vajrayana tradition, a student who has genuine devotion and proper motivation can receive the blessings of the lineage.

Blessings are usually bestowed by one's teacher and other lineage masters, or can be received through heartfelt connection to one's practice. Blessings awaken a greater sense of awareness in the practitioner.

blessing: Sanskrit: adhisthana. Tibetan: Jin lap. Good wishes; benediction. Seeking and giving blessings.

A more technical definition refers to a supplementary initiation into a specific deity practice based on having already received a major empowerment, e.g., the Vajrayogini initiation is a "blessing" based on the Chakrasamvara or Hevajra empowerments.

An individual must receive the empowerment first before receiving the blessing initiation