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The Karma Kagyu Tradition

The Kagyu Lineage is an unbroken line of oral transmissions from teacher to student for several hundred years. The present head of the Karma Kagyu tradition is H.H. 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Drodul Trinley Dorje. Many great teachers form part of the Lineage; what follows is a very brief historical summary. The lineages of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism derives primarily from Marpa Chokyi Lodoe (1012-1099).

Marpa studied at the feet of 108 spiritual masters and adepts, principally Naropa (taught by Tilopa) and Maitripa. He brought the lineages to Tibet, passing them on to his foremost disciple, Milarepa (1040-1123), the most celebrated and accomplished of Tibet’s tantric yogis, who achieved the ultimate goal of enlightenment in one lifetime.

Among Milarepa’s disciples, Gampopa (1084-1161), also known as Dakpo Lhaje, and Rechungpa (1084-1161) were the most illustrious. The former received the teaching and practice of Mahamudra and the Six Yogas of Naropa from Milarepa, and combined them into one lineage. This came to be known as Dakpo Kagyu, the mother lineage of the Kagyu tradition.

Karma Kagyu was founded by the 1st Karmapa Dusum Khyenpa (1110-1193). This tradition has remained strong, in large part due to the presence of an unbroken line of reincarnations of the founder, the successive Karmapas.




Bringing Compassion into the Light

Tonglen practice led by Dharmacarya Ken Holmes

10am – 1pm, Sunday, November 15th, 2020

To love and care for our fellow beings is one of life’s main jewels.

The finest love of all is embraced by stainless wisdom of the sacred nature of life, all life, and this involves much meaningful exploration of who or what we really are and how we interpret the world we experience.

This course is based on the Tonglen compassion practice taught in 2019 – all are welcome to join and learn it afresh.

Teachings to be given online via Zoom. To register for online Teachings and to receive a zoom link, please contact Sophie Muir

Suggested Donation £10 – £15. Your donation is greatly appreciated. Thankyou.

a beautiful statue of Padmasambhava







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