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The aims of our charitable Trusts. How we started.
Kagy Samye Ling and Kagyu Samye Dzong centres in Europe and Africa
Resident and visiting lamas. Other lineage teachers and dharma helpers.
HH the 17th Gyalwa Karma, Urgyen Tinley Dorje. The illustrious Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
A useful collection of Buddhist teachings - theory and meditation.

The Indian founders of the Kagyu lineage Mahamudra and the Six Yogas, the sublime content of the Kagyu lineage
The Tibetan masters of the Karma Kagyu lineageThe Gyalwa Karmapas, supreme gurus of the Karma Kagyu lineage

thangka of the Kagyu lineage, showing the 'golden rosay' of masters

The Kagyu lineage originates in the Buddha. Through an unbroken succession of enlightened masters, it has preserved perfectly intact the finest of the original Buddhism of India. Its teachings, taken from India to Tibet in the 11th century have been maintained on the snow-capped roof of the world until the latter half of this century. Now they are present in every continent.

In these pages, we will explore the ancient Indian lineages which form the Kagyu tradition, their content, the Tibetan transmission over the past 900 years and the particular role played by the Gyalwa Karmapas, the first and foremost reincarnate lamas of Tibet, whose profound and widespread spiritual influence has marked Tibet, China, Mongolia and many Himalayan kingdoms over that period.