Introduction to Lineage

Inspired by the passages on pages 10-11 (Guide to the Dakini’s Heart), the focus of study in this class is the concept of lineage according to Vajrayana Buddhism. An overview of the general meaning of lineage is given, along with the 3 different types of lineage (the Lineage of Realization, Symbolic and Oral ), the 3 types of knowledge and their importance, and the concept of the 2 obscurations. Throughout Khandro La emphasizes the integral role of lineage (the chain of teachers and shared meaning) in the life of a practitioner; how the presence and blessings of the lineage are fundamental to one’s progression on the path; and how the study of lineage history may be utilized as an antidote to spiritual materialism and idealism.