Practice Lineage

Compassion and wisdom are basic qualities, present in all of us. The Buddha taught how we can develop them further to transform a human life into the path of enlightenment. These instructions have been handed down in an unbroken lineage until today.

Dzogchen’s innermost essence is embedded in the terma tradition, a special lineage of treasure teachings concealed by the eighth-century teacher Guru Rinpoche with the intention that they be revealed at specific times in the future. Many of these teachings contain predictions for modern times, including particular spiritual practices beneficial for these times. The terma tradition contains detailed instructions on how to take maximum advantage of our human life, imbuing it with its fullest possible meaning.

Rangjung Yeshe Gomde is linked to the Chokling Tersar lineage, a collection of terma teachings revealed by Chokyur Lingpa (1829-1870), one of the last of Tibet’s 108 great tertöns or “treasure revealers”. The extraordinarily clear and profound heart practices revealed by Chokyur Lingpa, along with their assocated teachings, are contained in a body of literature filling more than forty large volumes. They are practiced by both the Kagyü and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Our teachers often are the holders of many different special linages, each with there own history, qualities and different emphasis. Each in harmony with the other, not contradicting but enhancing the whole. This is the special quality of Vajrayana, there are many methods each suiting different individuals.  The main group practices at Gomde belong to the Chokling Tersar tradition, but individuals in retreat practice the teaching that they have their own personal link with.

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