Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche is a lineage-holder of the Dzogchen Longchen Nyingtik and Khen-Kong-Chok-Sum lineages. To be a lineage-holder means that the teacher operates within a direct line of transmission from his or her own teacher, reaching back to Buddha Shakyamuni. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche’s teacher was Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, who held many lineages, but especially the Longchen Nyingtik tradition of the Nyingma lineage. As a reincarnation of Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, Rinpoche holds the Khen-Kong-Chok-Sum lineage. In these traditions, lineage is much more than hierarchical succession. Lineage represents an unbroken line of realization that passes from teacher to student. With great integrity and tremendous compassion, care and perseverance, the lineage-holders communicate their personal experience and realization through their teachings and activity. In this way lineage creates an environment in which the dharma is a living, applicable and transformative process.Mangala Shri Bhuti draws its name from Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse’s sanskrit name and, as the sangha of Kongtrul Rinpoche, the organization is also part of the Nyingtik and Khen-Kong-Chok-Sum traditions.The Dzogchen Longchen Nyingtik LineageThe Longchen Nyingtik Lineage is based upon the terma revelations of the 18th century treasure revealer, Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa. These revelations, composed of various sadhanas, teachings and pith instructions, were received by Jigme Lingpa through multiple visionary experiences, in which he directly encountered Guru Padmasambhava, Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal, Omniscient Longchen Rabjam and many other masters. Jigme Lingpa was a reincarnation of the 8th century Dharma King Trisong Detsen, who, in order to firmly establish the Dharma in Tibet, invited Guru Padmasambhava to Tibet to help complete and consecrate Samye, Tibet’s first monastery.During the king’s reign, Guru Rinpoche implanted many treasure teachings directly into the king’s and other main disciples’ mental continuums, to be revealed by their subsequent incarnations when the time was appropriate for their practice and dissemination. Jigme Lingpa discovered many of the Longchen Nyingtik sadhanas in this manner as mind treasures.The Longchen Nyingtik tradition is perhaps most well known for its cycle of nyingtik, or innermost essence teachings on Atiyoga, the Great Perfection. Jigme Lingpa received these teachings during the course of a three-year retreat he undertook at Samye Chimphu, the great retreat complex of meditation caves near Samye. Due to his single-pointed devotion to the 14th century Atiyoga master, Omniscient Longchen Rabjam (“Longchenpa”), Jigme Lingpa was able to meet Longchenpa’s wisdom body in three successive visions. Through this experience, he received the entirety of Longchenpa’s teachings and realization of Atiyoga, the Great Perfection, like water being poured from one vessel into another. These teachings became the profound heart core of the Longchen Nyingtik lineage, which is characterized even today by its reliance on unwavering devotion to the guru as the primary means of realizing the absolute truth.The Longchen Nyingtik remains even today as one of the most widely practiced of the numerous existent Nyingma lineages. It is practiced by many masters and monasteries of all four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism, primarily due to its profound and essential nature.For further reading about the Longchen Nyingtik lineage, consult Tulku Thöndup’s Masters of Meditation and Miracles.Khen-Kong-Chok-Sum LineageJamyang Khyentse Wangpo, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, and Terton Chokgyur Lingpa, collectively known as Khyen-Kong-Chok-Sum, were the heart of the Rimé, or nonsectarian, movement, which did so much to preserve and harmonize all schools of Tibetan Buddhism in the nineteenth century. Their interwoven activity continues through their successive reincarnations.