Palpung and the Kenting Tai Situpa Lineage

Palpung: Mount of Excellence

In Tibetan, Palpung means Mount of Excellence, and was first used in 1727, when the Eighth Tai Situpa founded the great Palpung Thubten Chokor Ling Monastery in Tibet. The name conveys the vast magnitude of study and practice engaged in at the monastery. Palpung in Tibet is the Karma Kagyu mother monastery in Kham, and evolved into the center of the Rimé (non-sectarian) movement. All eight major practice traditions of Tibetan Buddhism are upheld in the Palpung tradition, with a particular emphasis on the Marpa Kagyu and Shangpa Kagyu.

Guru Vajradhara His Holiness Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa
Pema Donyo Nyinche Wangpo

12th-kenting-tai-situpa-rinpoche

The lineage of the Kenting Tai Situpas is traced to one of the main disciples of the Buddha, the Bodhisattva Maitreya. Since that time, there has been a successive chain of incarnations, a direct lineage that continues to the present day.

The Twelfth Kenting Tai Situpa is the current head of the Palpung lineage. Born in 1954 in Tibet to a family of farmers, he was recognized by His Holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa Rigpe Dorje at an early age and was one of his closest students. He in turn became the main teacher of HH the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje. The Twelfth Kenting Tai Situpa oversees a vast network of monasteries, retreat centers, and Dharma centers worldwide, and has made great contributions toward training the next generation of Buddhist masters, including Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. He is also a scholar, poet, calligrapher, artist, author, architect, and geomancer.

Lord Maitreya

Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava

Bang Tobchen

Dombi Heruka

Shri Singha

Darikapa

Gyim Shang Shab

Lochen Denma Tsemang

Marpa Lotsawa
(1012-1097)

Pangkhen Ozer Lama

Taranatha
(1575-1634)

Rabten Kunzang

Rinpoong Ngawang

Gonpo Tsultrim Nyingpo

Drogon Rechen
(1148-1218)

Naljor Yeshe Wangchuk
(1220-1281)

Rigowa Rinjung

Ta Shing Chen
(1345-1376)

Norbu Samphel

The 1st Kenting Tai Situpa – Chokyi Gyaltsen
(1377-1448)

The 2nd Kenting Tai Situpa – Tashi Namgyal
(1450-1497)

The 3rd Kenting Tai Situpa – Tashi Paljor

The 4th Kenting Tai Situpa – Mitrug Gocha
(1542-1585)

The 5th Kenting Tai Situpa – Chokyi Gyaltsen Gelek Palzang
(1586-1657)

The 6th Kenting Tai Situpa – Mipham Trinlay Rabten
(1658-1682)

The 7th Kenting Tai Situpa – Lekshe Mawai Nyima
(1683-1698)

The 8th Kenting Tai Situpa – Chokyi Jungne
(1700-1774)

The 9th Kenting Tai Situpa – Pema Nyingche Wangpo
(1774-1853)

The 10th Kenting Tai Situpa – Pema Kunzang Chogyal
(1854-1885)

The 11th Kenting Tai Situpa – Pema Wangchok Gyalpo
(1886-1952)

The Present 12th Kenting Tai Situpa – Guru Vajradhara His Holiness Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa Pema Donyo Nyinche Wangpo
(1954-)

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