The Four Lineages of Tibetan Buddhism

In this video, Mingyur Rinpoche introduces the four main lineages of Tibetan buddhism. He gives a brief history of each, and touches upon what they have in common, and also their unique characteristics. He also explains how different personalities might be drawn to a particular lineage.
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Reflection Question

  • What has lineage brought to your own life and practice? If you don’t follow a particular lineage, are there certain elements or qualities you are looking for in a lineage or tradition?

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