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These three traditions have come down to us today in America and the Western countries mainly in the form of three practicing lineages: Vipassana (Insight Meditation), Zen, and Dzogchen/ Mahamudra.
The current cross-fertilization and amalgamation of these three practicing lineages is beginning to feel like a sort of revitalized Ekayana or One Dharma approach, especially in this country.
He used to say that you should venerate even a small piece of cloth the color of the Buddhist robes, and never criticize a monk or nun who has dedicated their entire life to the path.
When referring to the Theravada path of individual liberation, my own Tibetan teacher Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche often called it the Root Vehicle, or the original Teachings.
Despite the incredible variation, all have the same goal of leading beings to enlightenment.
Trying to understand this can be perplexing: Japanese Buddhism looks quite different from Thai Buddhism, which looks quite different from Tibetan Buddhism, and so on.
There are also Asian Theravadin monasteries, Mahayana monasteries, Zen, and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries here and in other Western countries.
But for our purposes here, as Buddhist meditators studying the landscape of Dharma mainly in terms of practice, all could be grouped, according to my teachers, under the three broad traditions of the Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana.