The 11th century teacher Machig Labdrön evolved two paths of practice: the Father and Mother Lineages. The Mother Lineage came from Machig’s own experiences with direct transmissions from female deities such as Tara and Vajra Yogini, her own meditation experiences, and the practices she evolved through teaching and practicing as a woman in her lifetime. The Father Lineage evolved from her male teachers, thus the word “father” was used. Machig was the only teacher to develop this distinction between male and female lineages. It allowed her to honor both the lineage from her teachers, and the teachings that came directly to her.
In Machig’s time, there were some disciples that held both lineages, as well as those that held one or the other. Both men and women held these lineages; it was not the case that one was for women and one was for men. For example, Machig’s second son, Tönyöm Samdrub, was the main holder of the Mother Lineage.
At Tara Mandala, Lama Tsultrim has chosen to follow this model. The Father Lineage was established through the Gateway Program which began in 2013 and is carried on in all the other practices she teaches from her male teachers. She is now introducing the Mother Lineage in the form of the Magyu Program. To read more
There will be a live webcast on January 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM MST with Lama Tsultrim about the program. Visit here to access the webcast at the appointed time.
*Dam Trog means "Samaya Fellowship", where the organizations function independently but have a close association and transmission and exchanges of teachers and teachings.
[Photo of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu and Lama Tsultrim signing the Dam Trog Agreement, November 2013 in Tenirife]
NEWS FLASH! USA premier of Jaap Verhoeven’s documentary film "Feeding Your Demons:The Life and Teachings of Lama Tsultrim Allionewill be at the Rubin Museum of Art this coming spring.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 @ 7 p.m. immediately followed by a Q and A with Lama Tsultrim Allione
The Rubin, 150 West 17th Street, New York City