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Is it important to know what lineage you practice in?
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What do you mean by "different lineages"? Are you talking about Mahayana vs. Theravada, or Thai teachings vs. Burmese ones (for example)?
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I mean within Theravāda itself.    I started my practice a while back, but was once told if you start under one lineage, to just continue along that route,  And so I’m trying to establish if it’s important?  Before jumping into the Sirimangalo meditation course.

I’m told but cannot verify that My practice has its roots in the Thai Forestry Tradition (there’s only Ever been silence in retreats so I don’t know)
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this answer would be better as a comment to the question

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> but was once told if you start under one lineage, to just continue along that route

There is no such rule. Conversely, if you jump too often between meditation techniques, you wont be able to reap the benefits.

The 3 orthodox practices I know of have just 1 goal: Comprehending and ending of suffering. Alternatively stated as cultivating dispassion for the aggregates. This can be measured by reduction in greed/aversion/delusion in daily life. E.g. how easy or hard it is to throw one off balance. How peacefully can one coexist with discomfort?

The orthodox practices also focus on building mindfulness as a skill.

Personally, I have attempted Thai forest samatha-vipassana, Goenka vipassana before focusing on noting. I have found the noting technique to be the easiest to get started with, put into practice in mundane activities. This technique has an excellent instructor offering at home courses with personalized instructions. 

My recommendation is that you sign up for the course, suspend all disbelief and give it a good shot for a pre-determine duration say 1 year. At the end of that review if you want to continue with it or not.

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Thank you. :)
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