As was taught by the Gyalwang Karmapa previously, the purpose of the Buddha Akshobhya practice is to offer us a method which prevents our mind being overwhelmed by negative emotions, especially anger and hatred. The empowerment itself, the Karmapa explained, could be understood as making an auspicious connection with Akshobhya and permission to do the practice, or it could be taken as a blessing. “It is only the beginning,” he emphasized. “Now you have to do the practice.” The main point is for all of us to put effort into protecting our own mind streams from aggression and anger.
By receiving both the teaching and empowerment on Akshobhya we can develop a deeper connection to Buddha Akshobhya and accomplish the best result that can be attained from the practice. If we lack either the empowerment or the teaching, the benefit is limited for ourselves and others.