It was founded by Lord Jigten Sumgon at the end of the twelfth century, and is centered at Drikung Thil Monastery, located northeast of Lhasa, Tibet. The origin of the Kagyu school may be traced to the primordial Buddha Vajradhara, who bestowed teachings on the Indian mystic Tilopa Tilopa passed the lineage to the pre-eminent Indian scholar and mystic Naropa Marpa sold all of his belongings and traveled to India three times on foot in order to study with the great masters of his day and bring their Dharma teachings back to his homeland. Prior to meeting Milarepa, Gampopa had studied and mastered the Kadampa teachings stemming from Lord Atisha. In his teachings, he brilliantly combined the ethical and practical applications of Kadampa practice with the meditation instructions of Mahamudra and the Six Yogas of Naropa that he had received from Milarepa.
The Drikung Kagyu Tradition
Vikramashila Research and Translation Project (VTP)
For information about His Holiness and the Drikung Kagyu lineage please visit the official website of the Drikung Kagyu tradition. Since then, the group has been meeting once a year in different places around the world. The project aims to collaboratively standardize the common prayers and practices used in Drikung Kagyu communities, including the Tibetan originals as well as their translations. So far, the group has been mainly concerned with translations into English. However, over the coming years, other languages such as Chinese, German, Vietnamese, and Spanish will be included. At the first meeting, His Holiness has laid out three guiding principles for the project: 1 The most original text should be used, 2 scribal errors in the text should be corrected, and 3 translators should strive for internal consistency and be sensitive to the context of the target language. In Khenpo Konchok Tamphel was appointed as the director of the group which currently has twelve members. Translators interested in joining the group can apply at info at drikungtranslation. Since the project has been conducted in the Milarepa Retreat Center in Germany.
Although Kagyu came from the same root, at that time the Kagyu lineage flourished into several different branches, each carrying the complete teachings and enlightened blessings. Like the wish-fulfilling tree, which comes from the same root, but is divided into different branches, each giving many wonderful blossoms and fruits. Although PhagmoDrupa had hundreds of thousands of disciples, Lord Jigten Sumgon was one of his closest and chief disciples. Phagmo Drupa prophesied that the teachings and blessings would be carried on by a Bodhisattva, Jigten Sumgon , who already attained the ten Bhumis. He appeared at an auspicious time and place acting as an inspiration to those determined to be free of samsara.
Khenchen Tsultrim Dorje. Chenga Drakpa Jungne. Thogkhawa Rinchen Senge. Chunyi Dorje Rinchen. Nyergyepa Dorje Gyalpo. Dhakpowang Rinchen Wangyal. Gyalwang Kunga Rinchen. Gyalwang Rinchen Phuntsog.