Introduction to the Aro Lineage The Aro gTér is a stream of Vajrayana Buddhism in which ordination is congruous with romance

, marriage, and family life. It focuses on the teaching and practice of the Inner Tantras from the point of view D ogchen an essential non!dual teaching. The Aro gTér tradition is possi"ly uni#ue in its applica"ility to $estern people. Due to the predominance of the D ogchen perspective, the Aro gTér emphasi es% assimilation with everyday wor&ing life' appreciative se(ual e#uality' the spiritual dimension of romantic relationship' artistic creativity' and the pursuit of life enhancing engagement with the Arts and challenging physical s&ill ) such as e#uestrianism. *tudents practice within the conte(t of their ordinary lives% marrying, raising families, and engaging in the activities of life which are common to the general population. +ractitioners in the Aro tradition reside in ,reat Britain, -orth America, Austria, ,ermany, *wit erland, *weden, and .inland. Lineage The Aro gTér is a cycle of teachings revealed "y the female visionary, Aro /ingma 01223 ) 14567 and is "ased entirely in the three Inner Tantras of -yingma Vajrayana. The -yingma Tradition traces its origins to the first spread of Buddhism in Ti"et, to the time of the Tantric Buddhas% +admasam"hava and 8eshé Tsogyel. Lamas -ga&9chang :inpoche and ;handro Déchen are the current /ineage <olders of the Aro gTér and teach as a couple. They ma&e it a priority in their teaching activities to facilitate their students in viewing their relationships and family lives as &ey spiritual practice. As representatives of a lineage founded "y a woman, they are &een to help women "ecome spiritual practitioners and teachers ) and therefore children are always welcome on retreats. They have encouraged the founding of three other sanghas through their disciples -gala :ig9d in Dorje and Tsalgy=r $angmo, -gala -or9d in +amo and -gala 9>!D in Tridral, and -ga&ma *hardr>l Du!nyam $angmo. -gala :ig9d in Dorje and Tsalgy=r $angmo teach and guide their sangha in ?ontinental @urope and *candinavia' -gala -or9d in and -gala 9>!D in teach and guide their sangha in Britain' and -ga&ma *hardr>l teaches and guides her sangha in the A*A. -ga&9chang :inpoche and ;handro

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Apprentices practise under the direction of their /amas. Sangha – apprenticeship and ordination The Apprenticeship +rogramme developed "y -ga&9chang :inpoche and . In comparison to other Traditions. nam&ha 0s&y!weaving7. /amas of this tradition teach according to the ethos of D ogchen "oth formally and through the simple spontaneity of informal situations.hyungchen Aro /ingma 01223 ) 14567. direct access to teachings. cham 0Tantric dance7. the Aro gTér is non!monastic and therefore far less emphasis is placed on practices such as liturgical recitation. The role of the /ama is to mirror the student. This means that yogic song. energetic lineage where craft.Déchen9s sangha are found in Britain and the A*A. Tantric orchestra. in -ew 8or& and ?alifornia. Dharma Aro gTér practice is entirely Inner Tantra ) from the perspective of D ogchen. They teach twice a year in the A*A. This is a colorful.handro Déchen is an effective method of wor&ing with students who are seriously interested in the practices of the Aro gTér. and s. Buddha The Aro gTér /ineage has "een passed down through a line of enlightened women originating with 8eshé Tsogyel and continuing to the great gTért>n . -ga&9chang :inpoche is the incarnation of Aro 8eshé the son of . "ut also the internal teacher ) which is our "eginninglessly enlightened nature. silent sitting. This mirroring is a means of reflecting the students innate reali ation ) and his or her own pattern of confusion. and appreciation of sensory e(perience are cele"rated. .uidance and transmission are given through% dynamic personal instruction' group #uestion and answer sessions' shared meditation' yogic 5 . Apprenticeship offers a personal relationship with the /amas.u!m-yé 0physical yogic e(ercises7 play a central part in practitioners lives.hyungchen Aro /ingma. sadhana 0rituals and detailed visuali ation7 and cho!pa 0ritual offering practices7. mantra recitation. apprentice retreats. and participation in a warm friendly sangha environment. The Ti"etan word /ama means not only the e(ternal teacher. thang&a painting. The /amas therefore encourage apprentices to regard their whole lives as practice ) "oth practically and inspirationally.

"y "eing amongst their apprentices.ya"jé D=djom :inpoche. Its practitioners are &nown "y their white s&irts and uncut hair. and others are wor&ing toward it.org 6 .song' and. and practice as the most important part of their lives.handro Déchen have esta"lished an ordained g>! &ar chang!lo sangha in the $est. Apprentices who have studied and practiced with the Aro /amas for five years have the opportunity to ta&e nga&paBnga&ma or naljorpaBnaljorma ordination. There are now three strong g>!&ar chang!lo sanghas in the $est and it is esta"lished that this lineage of ordination will continue to grow under the guidance of their /amas. -ga&9chang :inpoche and . *i(ty students have ta&en this step 0as of 5DD37. A comprehensive introduction to the Aro /ineage can also "e found on our sister site% www. The Aro gTér lineage follows the Vajrayana g>!&ar chang!lo style of practice which emphasi es transformation. Both ordinations are for those who have realistically come to regard the /amas as their root teachers 0Tsa!wa9i /amas7. Crdination is for those who regard the tradition. At the encouragement of .aro"uddhism. lineage. The Vajrayana path of transformation is well suited to people who are inspired to practice using their everyday life circumstances as the path to reali ation.