Thursday, June 11, 2009

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: The Practicing Lineage, Part Two

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

June 10, 2009


The meaning and significance of the Practicing Lineage is important to understand. Practicing Lineage is a term that was developed by Milarepa. Previously, the tradition was known as the "Lineage of the Sacred Word," which is actually a phrase that I am using again these days. In the Kagyu tradition, ka means "Logos," "sacred word," "command," "truth," and gyu means "thread" or "continuity" — which is close to the idea of lineage. In Milarepa's time, the Kagyu tradition became known as "Drubgyu".Drub means "practice," and gyu means "lineage" or "line." The Practicing Lineage places a lot of importance on the necessity to practice, to sit or meditate. Without practicing, without understanding the meaning of practice, no real communication or development takes place in your understanding of Buddhism, or the buddhadharma.

From "The Practicing Lineage," in THE MISHAP LINEAGE: Transforming Confusion into Wisdom. Just published by Shambhala Publications.

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Teachings by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, taken from works published by Shambhala Publications,  the Archive of his unpublished work in the Shambhala Archives, plus other published sources.

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