Episode 23: Integrity of the Lineage Part I

In today’s teaching, Reggie discusses how the power of a living lineage is carried forth through directness, honesty, and an uncompromising commitment to the integrity of the dharma. He shares stories from the lives of Chögyam Trungpa and his teachers, Jamgon Kongtrul and Khenpo Gangshar, to demonstrate how the blazing fire of an authentic lineage is passed down from one generation to the next. Genuine lineage holders, Reggie explains, are willing to challenge conventions, take risks, and not meet the expectations of others. However, this understanding of lineage challenges modern day notions that assign authority based on credentials, high thrones, and wealthy donors. Reggie says, “To find out who is a true lineage holder you listen to them teach. It’s really straightforward and simple.”

This talk was given at the 2011 Winter Dathun – a month-long retreat held at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, Colorado.