Our Direct Lineage
Surmang Kagyu Lineage
Jamgon Kongtrul of Shechen Padma Trime
Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and The Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin*
"You cannot have complete devotion without surrendering your heart. Otherwise, the whole thing becomes a business deal. As long as you have any understanding of wakefulness, any understanding of the sitting practice of meditation, you always carry your vajra master with you, wherever you go. You have the vajra master with you all along. That is why we talk about the mahamudra level of all-pervasive awareness. With such awareness, everything that goes on is the vajra master. So if your vajra master is far away, there is really no reason for sadness-- although some sadness can be useful, because it brings you back from arrogance.
As an example, I am far away from my master, Jamgon Kongtrul of Shechen, right now. He is not here. That situation seems to be very basic and ordinary. At the same time, that absence becomes presence all the time. I do not particularly miss my vajra master, but I long for him quite a lot. Actually, what I long for is to be able to introduce my students to him so that he could see how great they are doing. That is the only thing. I wish he were right here so that I could introduce my students to him, show him their faces, show him how their discipline is coming along, and let him know that everything is fine. I wish I could show him that. Apart from that, it seems to be very much the case that the presence of my teacher is right here, right now. Otherwise, I would not be teaching."
Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
* We do recognize both Trime Lhawang and the Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as authentic holders of this lineage -- however we do not follow the path that they have laid out for their students, nor do we study their teachings. We continue to emphasize the pith instructions and practices taught by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and the Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin. This path is reflected in the types of retreats and teachings that are offered at DMC. A guru or lineage holder should never be confused with the leader of an organization. The relationship of a student to a lineage always depends on the student's development and connection. Padmasambhava had only 25 heart disciples. This always depends on the students recognition of vipashyana which should be identical to meeting the mind of the guru. Without a clear understanding of the nature of this connection all sorts of misunderstandings can arise. While this connection is the basis of true recognition and understanding the key element of our practice-- it isn't something available wholesale or based on lip service. This is the main problem we have with efforts by both Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Trime Lhawang Patrick Sweeney. That is not to say that a larger organization cannot develop -- this will always be based upon a functioning Vajrayana mandala and should be explained properly so that it isn't confused with a civic organization or a church. At this point, organizations should be abandoned with all the pressures to pay the mortgages in the American set-up. The emphasis needs to be on genuine practice and genuine connection with the teachings which will always be a personal thing. Rely upon the foundation established by the teachings of Trungpa Rinpoche and the Vajra Regent's commentaries on those teachings. That is our approach!