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The School

The Kagyu-School is one of the four main schools of Buddhism from Tibet. Within the Kagyu-School the Buddha’s teachings have been passed on in an unbroken transmission-lineage from teacher to disciple. The teachings were transmitted by great Indian scholars like Tilopa and Naropa to the translator Marpa, who carried them on several troublesome journeys across the Himalayan passes to Tibet. Marpa’s main disciple was the great Tibetan yogi Milarepa, who then transmitted the teachings to the physician Gampopa. It was Gampopa that later merged these teachings with the already

existing Kadampa tradition to form the Kagyu tradition as it is practiced until today. One of the most important disciples of Gampopa was the first Karmapa Dusum Khyenpa. Since then the teachings have been passed on in an unbroken lineage from the Karmapa to his main disciples, the "lineage-holders" who then transmitted the teachings to the next Karmapa. The 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje currently receives the transmission from the lineage-holders
Tai Situ Rinpoche, Gyaltsab Rinpoche and other high teachers. Additionally he also receives transmissions of other lineages.