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The lineage of the Kagyu emphasizes the continuity of oral instructions passed on from master to student. This emphasis is reflected in the literal meaning of “Kagyu.” The first syllable “Ka” refers to the scriptures of the Buddha and the oral instructions of the guru. “Ka” has the sense both of the enlightened meaning conveyed by the words of the teacher, as well as the force which such words of insight carries. The second syllable “gyu” means lineage or tradition. Together, these syllables mean “the lineage of the oral instructions.”
The Drikung Kagyu
The Kagyu articulated into twelve historical streams within the lineage. We follow the Drikung Kagyu. Drikung is a region in Central Tibet and is one of the most populus Kagyu lineages. It derived from the great teacher Jigten Sumgon. The line of the precious golden rosary lineage of the incomparable Drikung Kagyupas: Vajradhara, Tilopa, Naropa, Marpa, Milarepa, Gampopa, Phagmo Drukpa, and Lord Drikungpa (Jigten Sumgon). This line is continued unbroken by a stream of realized masters to this very day.
Photo: Lord Jigten Sumgon, Founder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage.
The Lineage Holders Today
His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, the 37th throne holder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage and 7th reincarnation of the Chetsang Rinpoche is a manifestation of Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara). Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, Konchog Tenzin Kunsang Thrinle Lhundrup, was born in 1946 at which time many prodigious signs and visions accompanied his birth.
For a more complete biography H.H.Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang.
His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang, the 36th throne holder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage and the 8th incarnation of the Chungtsang Rinpoche is a manifestation of Manjusri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom.
For a more complete biography of H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang
For more detail on the Drikung Kagyu lineage, its origin and history: The Drikung Kagyu Lineage