The mission of Dharma Ocean is threefold: first, to study and practice the teachings of the “practicing lineage,” as articulated by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, emphasizing especially his Vajrayana dharma; second to transmit to others the view and the step by step path to realization of the practicing lineage; and third, to make whatever adjustments and adaptations, such as a greater emphasis on embodiment and direct experience, as may be necessary or order to render this lineage fully accessible in our present world.
Trungpa Rinpoche explains the “practicing lineage” in this way: The practicing lineage is not something that you can see as an other. It’s something you can only realize from within. And, frankly, the practicing lineage realizes itself. There isn’t even a person to realize the practicing lineage. The practicing lineage means relying on the practice of meditation and the mind of meditation as the center of one’s existence and the source of one’s life. It is about finding the answer to life by surrendering to the openness, the insight, and the resources of the present moment. That’s the practicing lineage. Our job is to guard it and defend it with our lives. Our job is to make sure that other people don’t misunderstand it—and that we don’t misunderstand it—as something that can be known as an objective object of knowledge and something that can be possessed in any way whatsoever, institutionally or personally or socially or whatever.