Record of Buddhist teachings

Buddhist teachingsIn dharma it is essential to keep a record of Buddhist teachings we have received. Only by doing this will we know what teachings we are able to study and practise.

In order to study a dharma text or practise a particular meditation, we need to have received the reading transmission (Tibetan: lung) for that teaching from a qualified teacher. Without this, the teaching carries no blessing from the lineage of transmission and we are not properly ‘authorised’ to study or practise it.

Keeping the record straight

In general, for Vajrayana meditation practices we need to receive the relevant initiation as well as the reading transmission: e.g. in Manchester in July 2022 Lama Jampa gave the initiation of Sanjay Menla (Medicine Buddha) from the Sky Dharma lineage of Mingyur Dorje; the lung for the Sanjay Menla sadhana written by Karma Chagme, which is the practice done at Kagyu Ling on Wednesdays; and the lung for the Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche and the Thangtong Gyalpo prayers for averting fear of plague, war and famine.

Record of Buddhist teachings, initiations and lungs