Taklung Kagyü

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Taklung Kagyü (Wyl. stag lung bka' brgyud) — one of Kagyü and Pagdru Kagyü subschools founded by Taklung Thangpa Tashi Pal (1142-1210). The Taklung Kagyü lineage has been blessed by many great masters, such as: Kuyel Rinchen Gönpo (1191-1236), Sangyé Yarjön (1203-1272), Sangyé Wön Drakpa Pal (1251-1296), who built the Riwoche monastery in Kham, noted for having colleges for the study of the different schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and the 7th Riwoche Jedrung Jampa Jungné (1856-1922). The Taklung monastery in central Tibet and the Riwoche monastery each had three main lamas or Kyabgöns: in Taklung, there were Shabdrung Rinpoche, Matrul Rinpoche, and Tsetrul Rinpoche; and at Riwoche, Phakchok Rinpoche, Jédrung Rinpoche, and Riwoche Shabdrung Rinpoche. Currently the lineage is headed by the 7th Phakchok Rinpoche, the 7th Taklung Matrul Rinpoche, and the 26th Taklung Shabdrung Rinpoche.

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Further Reading

  • E. Gene Smith, 'Golden Rosaries of the Bka' brgyud Schools' in Among Tibetan Texts, Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2001