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THE KARMA KAGYU LINEAGE

The Karma Kagyu lineage belongs to one of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism. This lineage focuses on view, meditation, and a direct transmission of the experience of the nature of mind from teacher to student. Its origins date back to the historical Buddha, whose teachings were passed on to different meditation masters in India for 1500 years. About 1000 AD this transmission came to Tibet and in the twelfth century the Karma Kagyu lineage was formed, which has been kept alive and powerful in an unending succession by the Gyalwa Karmapas until today. The Gyalwa Karmapa, whose name means “Master of Activity”, was the first consciously reborn lama of Tibet.

 

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Lama Ole Nydahl

Lama Ole Nydahl and his wife Hannah were the first Western students of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. In continuous exchange with his students, Lama Ole teaches the way and goal of Diamond Way Buddhism. His unique synthesis of modern style and ancient wisdom has helped create the largest body of students practicing Diamond Way Buddhist methods in the West. Through his example of unshakable joy and constant activity for the benefit of others, he shows what can be achieved through working with mind. Today, at his request, over one hundred of his students teach Buddhism around the world.

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Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche

Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche, a highly respected lama of the Kagyu lineage, is a Maniwa—a title that is rarely encountered: it means that you have been able to encourage others to recite the Mani mantra more than one billion (1,000,000,000) times (Mani Dhungyur). Rinpoche was ordained in Rumtek by the 16th Karmapa. An exceptionally gifted student, he mastered all aspects of traditional Buddhist study, from the sutras and tantras, to rituals and music, to the sciences, art and composition. Born in 1950 in Nepal, Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche has fulfilled various projects, including the reconstruction of the old Manang monastery, Karma Dubgyu Chöling in Pokhara; taking on the responsibilities of Manang monastery at Swayambhu; publishing essential meditation texts, and constructing many stupas.