The lineage of the teachings
Two thousand five hundred years ago the prince Siddhartha left his palace to devote himself to the spiritual search and find the path of liberation from suffering.
He practiced yoga and the austerities of the ascetics of the past, he suffered great torments but finally he realized the middle way through meditation.
The night of the full moon between April and May, the prince became the Buddha, the awakened one: from that time he had no karmic ties anymore and at the dissolution of the physical body he achieved Nirvana.
Throughout his life he taught the Dharma, the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path and the Four Seals.
The disciples preserved his teachings, initiating the spiritual tradition we know today as Buddhism.
Over the centuries two major Buddhist schools evolved: Theravada and Mahayana.
In Tibet, the main tradition is the Mahayana with a tantric approach called Vajrayana.
Rinpoche belongs to the yogi order of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
The Nyingma school originates in the eighth century with the master Padmasambhava who Tibetans regard as the second Buddha. It is characterized by two ways of transmission of the Buddha's teachings: Kama, the oral and scriptural transmission and Terma, the one of the treasures revealed by special predestined yogin.
These teachings are preserved by monks and yogin in a continuous lineage that goes from master to disciple up to Machig Rinpoche.