What is a Lineage?
In Buddhism a lineage is a line of continuous, uninterrupted transmissions of teachings that can theoretically be traced back to the historical Buddha Shakyamuni. The quality of the master-student relationship is of essential importance to uphold the purity and authenticity of a lineage.
In his foreword to “Karmapa, The Sacred Prophecy”, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama explains the significance of lineages in Tibetan Buddhism as follows: “Within the context of Tibetan Buddhism, the importance of lineage extends far beyond the ordinary sense of a particular line of inheritance or descent. Lineage is a sacred trust through which the integrity of Buddha’s teachings is preserved intact as it is transmitted from one generation to the next. The vital link through which the spiritual tradition is nourished and maintained is the profound connection between an enlightened master and a perfectly devoted disciple. The master-disciple relationship is considered extremely sacred by all the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.” (Karmapa: The Sacred Prophecy. New York: Kagyu Thubten Choling Publications Committee. 1999.)
“Buddha guides you.
Dharma changes you.
Sangha helps you.”
TULKU LOBSANG RINPOCHE
Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche’s Lu Jong: Modern Tradition
Lu Jong – Tibetan Healing Yoga originates in the lineage of and is uniquely connected to Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche. The millennia-old practice roots both in the Bön tradition and in the Tantrayana teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. Traditionally, the ancient Lu Jong exercises were practiced by yogis and monks to maintain their health. The movements were passed down orally from master to student as part of the so-called „secret teachings”, so Lu Jong was not accessible to just anyone. Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche opened the practice up to everyone.
As the reincarnation of a high Buddhist dignitary – the Nyentse Lama – Rinpoche learned Lu Jong from various masters of different traditions and all lineages from an early age. In the West, Tulku-la met many people who were mentally unbalanced. Rinpoche collected and modified the ancient Lu Jong movements to be more accessible to Western bodies and minds and combined them into a clear, concise practice.
As part of the secret teachings the Lu Jong movements are connected to Tummo, or the yoga of inner heat, and by this avenue belong to the secret Tibetan Buddhist tantric practices, which in turn can be traced back to the historical Buddha Shakyamuni.
Learning and practicing Lu Jong today means entering into an authentic lineage steeped in profound tradition – a lineage that is very much alive, beating at the heart of an international community of Lu Jong practitioners, Teachers and Educators.
As an essential component of their Teacher Education, all Certified Lu Jong Teachers attended a so-called Master Class where they were granted the – otherwise rare – opportunity of a personal transmission by a Buddhist master and lineage holder.
Lu Jong – Tibetan Healing Yoga is part of a truly special lineage and helps people all over the world to maintain their happiness and health.
About Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche
Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche is a highly respected Buddhist master and distinguished Doctor of Tibetan Medicine. In order to benefit as many people as possible, Tulku-la has been traveling the world since the year 2000, spreading his venerable lineage’s precious knowledge and wisdom, including Lu Jong.
Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche was born in 1976 in Amdo, Tibet and began his official monastic education when he entered Sowa Monastery at the young age of six. Five years later, Tulku-la moved to the Nangzi Bön Monastery, the biggest Bön Monastery in Tibet. Around that time, the monks of the Sowa monastery were looking for the reincarnation of their lama. At the age of 13, Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche was recognized as the 8th incarnation of the Nyentse Lama.
The young Rinpoche was moved to Amchok Monastery, where he received his formal teachings. Next, Tulku-la continued his studies in Labrang Monastery. There he deepened his knowledge in Sutra, Medicine and Astrology. In addition to his general schooling in the monastery, a line of scholars in Medicine and Astrology taught Tulku-la privately. The highly-respected Lama Gungtang from Amdo instructed him in the teaching of Tantra and gave him most of the empowerments and initiations. Over the next several years, Tulku-la received general teachings in all eight lineages and Rinpoche remains a practitioner of all eight lineages. Altogether, Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche had 35 main teachers from whom he received instructions as well as specific empowerments and initiations.
In 1993, at the age of 17, Rinpoche left Tibet for South India to deepen and complete his studies in the Gaden Shartse Monastery. After five years in Gaden Monastery, Tulku-la went to Dharamsala to pass the Tibetan cultural heritage on to both Tibetans and Westerners.
In 2002, Tulku-la established the medical center Nangten Menlang in Manali, North India. Today, his association Nangten Menlang International is based in Vienna, Austria.
Rinpoche bases his teachings on the ancient knowledge of Tantrayana, which is the foundation of both Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan Medicine. Tulku-la bridges worlds and translates the ancient wisdom of his venerable transmission lineage into practical advice for the present day. Weaving together the wisdom of all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism as well as Bön, the essence of Rinpoche’s teachings helps us to get closer to the true nature of our existence: unconditional love and pristine wisdom.
Rinpoche’s natural and compassionate way of teaching, his immense kindness, and his Buddhist wisdom render him a precious and skillful transmitter of the Tibetan Buddhist culture and traditions. It is Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche’s greatest aim to reduce the suffering in the world through this cultural exchange.