Martsang Kagyü

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Martsang Kagyü (Tib. སྨར་ཚང་བཀའ་བརྒྱུད་, Wyl. smar tshang bka' brgyud) — one of the eight sub-schools of the Pagdru Kagyü established by one of Phagmodrupa Dorje Gyalpo's main disciples, Marpa Drubthob Sherab Sengé. This master also established Sho Monastery (Wyl. sho dgon) in Markham, East Tibet. From his lineage came many great beings, such as Yangön Yeshé Gyaltsen, Rinchen Lingpa, Pang Khyentse Özer Lama and Drogön Shingo Repa.[1] Later on, the Martsang Kagyü lineage went to the Tagphu lamas, and was partly incorporated to Palyul Monastery during the seventeenth century.[2] In the sixteenth and seventeenth century, the Martsang Kagyü lineage entered a period of decline due to the two successive Mongol invasions, but it seems there are efforts to revive this lineage today[3].


  1. Ringu Tulku, The Ri-me Philosophy of Jamgön Kongtrul the Great (Boston & London: Shambhala Publications, 2007), page 143.
  2. *E. Gene Smith: Among Tibetan Texts, The Smar pa (Dmar pa) Bka' brgyud pa, p.45, and Note 107: According to Blos gros mtha' yas, Ris med, fol. III, the teacher responsible for spreading Smar pa Bka' brgyud pa, teachings to Dpal yul was Stag bu Bla ma.
    *Ringu Tulku (2007), p.143
  3. see official web site below

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