Shangpa Kagyü

The Shangpa Kagyü (Tib. ཤངས་པ་བཀའ་བརྒྱུད་, Wyl.shangs pa bka’ brgyud) school was founded by Khyungpo Naljor (1002-1064) who was prophesied by the Buddha. He made his seat in a place called Shang in the Tsang region of Tibet. He was therefore known as the Lama Shangpa and his lineage the Shangpa Kagyü. Thangtong Gyalpo and Jetsün Taranatha were among the great masters who upheld this lineage, which is


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Sukhasiddhi was born in Western Kashmir and was a wife and mother of three sons and three daughters. Sukhasiddhi was a kind and generous lady and would give what she had to those who were more destitute. One day when the family had only one pot of rice left to eat her family went in

Khyungpo Naljor

Khyungpo Naljor was born in a year of the tiger in the southern part of Tibet, into a distinguished family. The clan of the Khyung, or Garuda, the legendary great bird that is guardian of the north. His father’s name was Khyungpo Chujar, and his mother’s, Tashi. Thus, his own name meant “the Yogin of


Mokchokpa was born in Lhabu in the Shang Valley of Namling County in Western Tibet. In his youth, he studied many texts, including the Prajnaparamita. He received both maturing and liberating teachings from Lama Burgom Nakpo, a disciple of the lord Rechungpa and spent five years with him. Khyungpo Naljor told him that during a

Kyergangpa (1143-1216)

Kyergangpa was born to the Ba family in the upper reaches of Nang County. He studied and practiced intensely during his teenage years. At the age of sixteen he joined the retinue of his uncle Thamche Khyenpa who was proceeding to Draklha. He received the complete Avalokiteshvara teachings from a great practitioner of Avalokiteshvara, Pakpa


Rigongpa was born to a family in Yol, was naturally inclined to the Dharma and sought at an early age to devote his life in benefiting others. He met his and stayed with him in Kyergang. Lama Kyergangpa transmitted all of the secret mantras to Rigongpa leaving nothing out. Lama Kyergangpa told Rigongpa about his

SANGYE TÖNPA (1213-1285)

Sangye Tönpa was born to a Bon family in Kharek Tse Silma. At his birth, the adept Amogha flew down from the sky to offer wondrous prophecies about the new born. Khyungpo. He wanted to practice Dharma from a very young age and became a monk at the age of thirteen. He took his vows

SHANGTÖNPA (1234-1309)

Shangtönpa was born in Ra family at Kongya in Shang, and could read and write fluently by the time he was eight years old. Shangtöpa felt no desire or greed and felt great revulsion for Samsara while developing passion and faith in the lamas and the three jewels. Shangtonpa was free of any laziness and

ZHONNU DRUP (?-1319)

Zhonnu Drup was born in a farmer’s house at Nyang in Tibet, his father was Gyalpo Tsepel and his mother was Gyamo Kedren. He became a monk at the age of ten before the abbot Chimpa Yidshin Norbu and took full ordination at the age of twenty. Under the guidance of the teacher Lokyawa he

GYALTSEN BUM (1261-1334)

Gyaltsen Bum was born to father Choekyong Tsen and mother Yangmode from the wealthy Shudgye family at Konglam Tsatang. Gyaltsen Bum recited the Mani Mantra as soon as he was capable of conscious. So, his father asked Drinchen Riwa to inform him about the lineage of Avalokiteshvara and teach him about the Mani Mantra. Gyaltsen


Khyungpo Tsultrim Goon was born to father Ponpo Gone and mother Chemo Kinden in the female firebird year. His parents wanted him to become the head of their household since he was the first-born Son. Tsultrim Gon wanted to follow the path of Dharma and escaped from his home by taking the supplies of his

RIDRÖ RECHEN (14th century)

Ridrö Rechen was born in Eastern Tibet, the oldest of five children, his father was Ayul and mother was Ngag Kek from a very virtuous family who lived in the mountains practicing yoga. Ridro Rechen took the lay vows of a monk at the age of nine and was given the name Ridro Rechen by

SHANGKARWA (1353-1435)

Shangkarwa Rinchen Gyaltsen was born in the female water snake year to father, Ponyig Zangpopal and mother Josema Palchen. When he was three both his parents passed away and he was placed under the tutelage of two monks Shakya Senge and his uncle Rinchen Woeser who taught him how to read and write. Shangkarwa took


Sangye Palsang was born near Taksang in the mountains west of Lhasa to the Be family, his father was Pon Rinpoche Zang and mother was Tsebum Pal. His parents suffered much grief because they had lost their first child but hermit Ridro Rinchen and scholar and translator Jangchup Tsemo assured them that they would soon

Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche

His Eminence the Venerable Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche was born in 1905 in the Kham province of Eastern Tibet. His father, the thirteenth incarnation of Ratak Palsang Tulku was an accomplished Yogi and well-known Doctor. His mother Drolkar devoted to Dharma from an early age, completed one hundred million recitations of the Vajra Guru mantra, two

His Eminence the 2nd Kalu Rinpoche

Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche was born September 17 1990, at Samdrub Darjay Choling monastery in Sonada, India during the auspicious Shangpa Kagyu Protector the 6-armed Mahakala monthly fulfillment offerings. Many auspicious signs accompanied his birth and Samdrub Darjay Choling monastery was enshrined with a canopy of rainbows identical to those that appeared immediately after the prior