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Karma Kagyu Lineage

The Kagyu lineage is one of the four main traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. It is a complete form of Buddhism including all three levels of the Buddha’s teaching: Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana.

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His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Drodul Trinley Dorje

Karmapa means “the one who carries out buddha-activity” or “the embodiment of all the activities of the buddhas.” The Karmapa is the head of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, and as an enlightened teacher able to consciously choose to be reborn to carry on the teachings of a predecessor, he has played an important role in preserving and propagating the lineage and its practice. His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Drodul Trinley Dorje, escaped Tibet for India in 2000, and was welcomed in Dharamsala by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

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Dr. Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche

Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche was born in 1939 near Riwoche in Kham, Eastern Tibet. At a very young age, he was discovered and identified as the reincarnation of the first Akong, Abbot of Dolma Lhakang monastery in the Chamdo area of Kham. His religious training began here, and he also undertook training in traditional Tibetan medicine. He later went to the monastic university of Sechen, where he received transmission of the quintessential Mahamudra Kagyu Buddhist lineage from Sechen Kongtrul Rinpoche.

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Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche

Venerable Lama Yeshe Losal was born in 1943 in Kham, East Tibet. He spent his formative years in education at Dolma Lhakang Monastery where his brother Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche was Abbot. After escaping from Tibet in 1959, Lama Yeshe continued his education at the Young Lamas Home School in Dalhousie, India before leaving in 1967 to serve as Private Secretary to His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim. Despite his heartfelt wish to remain in retreat for twenty years, towards the end of 1991 Lama Yeshe was asked to take responsibility for the running of Kagyu Samye Ling and the Holy Island Project which he consented to do and took on with characteristic vigour and determination.

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