This page is intended as a resource for those who read a book by a master, see or hear him/her in the media, and wish to find out more. It is a guide to some of the more important masters, particularly those operating in the West, and to the organisations they create: the places you can go to find out more or practise their teachings. To be included, a master must usually have at least five centres or five commercially-published books.
You are welcome to submit details of your own organisation.
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|You can find out more about Lineages on the Schools and Lineages section.|
Lineage is considered important in Buddhism, particularly in the Zen
and Tibetan tradition where the master or guru occupies the main role
in spiritual development. There are some practices, meditations and
texts which may be learnt from secondary sources, such as books, and
some which must be given directly. But before teaching any of these,
a person should have received authorisation or permission to teach.
The giving of this permission is dependent on spiritual understanding
and attainment: almost never is it a political or allegiance matter.
Lineages are traceable back to the Buddha or sometimes, to a great and
acknowledged master. New lineages are started by people who are regarded
as masters by those few masters in each generation who are considered