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 +'''​Blessing'''​ (Skt. ''​adhiṣṭhāna'';​ Tib. ''​chinlap'';​ [[Wyl.]] ''​byin brlabs''​ or ''​byin gyis brlabs''​) — in ''​[[The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying]]'',​ the true meaning of blessing is defined as “a transformation in which your mind transcends into the state of the [[absolute]].”
  
 +His Holiness the [[Dalai Lama]] defines ‘blessing’ in his commentary on the second part of [[Kamalashila]]’s ''​Stages of Meditation'': ​
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 +:The Tibetan word for blessing, ''​chin lap'',​ can be broken into two parts—''​chin''​ means ’magnificent potential’ and ''​lap''​ means ‘to transform’. So chin lap means ‘transforming into magnificent potential.’ Therefore, blessing refers to the development of virtuous qualities that you did not previously have and the improvement of those good qualities that you have already developed. It also means decreasing the defilements of the mind that obstruct the generation of wholesome qualities. So actual blessing is received when the mind’s virtuous attributes gain strength and its defective characteristics weaken or deteriorate.
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 +==Oral Teachings Given by Sogyal Rinpoche on the Meaning of Blessings==
 +*Sydney, 10 March 2010
 +*[[Dzogchen Beara]], 13 July 2014
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 +==Alternative Translations==
 +*inspiration (Berzin)
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 +==Internal Links==
 +*[[four kinds of blessing]]
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 +==External Links==
 +*[http://​www.berzinarchives.com/​web/​en/​archives/​advanced/​tantra/​level1_getting_started/​inspiration_relation_mantras.html?​query=blessing An essay on '​Inspiration (“Blessings”) and Its Relation to Mantras and Oral Transmission',​ Alexander Berzin, December 2008]
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 +[[Category:​Key Terms]]
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