Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism - What does "Lineage" mean?

Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism is the traditional practice at Khandro Ling. The Buddha’s teachings have been embodied and transmitted by a lineage of enlightened and realized masters for over 2,500 years. The primary responsibility for this transmission has been held by the monastic tradition of monks and nuns. Monastics give their entire lives to bring the Buddha’s realization to each generation. Sera Jey Monastery of Tibet, now relocated to Southern India, is the training monastery for Geshe Damchoe, Venerable Tenzin's Vinaya Master. Sera Jey Monastery is one of the three main monastic institutes of Gelug (Lama Tsong Khapa) tradition founded in early 15th century in Tibet. It was reestablished at Bylakuppe – South India in 1970.

Khandro Ling Lineage

Ven. Tenzin became an ordain monastic in the tradition of  Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism when she received her monastic ordination vows in Sacramento CA. Jhado Tulku Rinpoche, Venerable Khenchen Rinpoche Tenzin Jamyang Phuntsok, Spiritual Director of Tashi Thek Chok Ling, Geshe Tashi, Geshe Damchoe and Venerable Steve, Land of Medicine Buddha performed the monastic ceremony.


His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama - Lineage holder of Tibetan Vajayana Buddhism.Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism highest seat in the Gelugpa school of Buddhism is held by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama.

Jhado Tulku Rinpoche (Tenzin Jungne)

Jhado Tulku Rinpoche - Lineage holder of Vajrayana Tibetan Buddhism.

Rinpoche was born in 1954 to a nomadic family living in the area of Namtso Lake, 220 kilometers north of Lhasa, Tibet. At the age of three he was recognized and enthroned as the 6th incarnation of the abbot of Jhado Monastery. Rinpoche is the recognized holder of the Kalachakra lineage in Tibetan Vajayana Buddhism. Jhado Rinpoche ordained Ven. Tenzin Yeshe in Sacramento, CA just prior to his offering a public Kalachakra Initiation and week long retreat on the teachings of Kalachakra. In the tradition it is customary to pass the teacher's name to the student, thus the name Tenzin Yeshe bestowed to Ven. Tenzin by Rinpoche on her ordination day.

 Geshe Damchoe

Geshe Damchoe - Lineage Holder of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism.Zanabazar Dharma Center's Spiritual Director

Geshe Damchoe is a long time student of Jhado Rinpoche. Geshe la was born in 1968 in Mongolia and has been a Buddhist monk since 1991 when he was ordained by Bakula Rinpoche. He studied at Sera jey monastery in India for 16 years and completed his Geshe Degree in 2012. Geshe Damchoe received his Gelong ordination in 1995 by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. Geshe la was one of the five required fully ordained monks present during Ven. Tenzin's ordination. Geshe la is Ven. Tenzin's Vinaya Master teaching her the ways of being an ordained nun and traditional lineage Tibetan Dharma.

Introduction to Geshe Damchoe "unplugged" can be found on Buddhist Voices.