lineage refers to the unbroken chains of enlightened Masters stretching back
to the Buddha Shakyamuni. These Masters are the real foundation of the
living tradition of Buddhist teaching and practice. true lineage insures
that the Buddha's original message is preserved undistorted and in its
The most well-known, as perhaps the most important, of all Buddhist lineages
are the Chan lineages (see Chan School), which begin with the transmission
of the Mind Seal from the Buddha
Shakyamuni to the First Patriarch Maha Kashyapa.
For further information, see Dharma transmission.
1) Chinese: dzung , fa-mai , 2) Sanskrit: , 3) Pali , 4) Alternate translations
See Also: Chan School, Dharma transmission.