Biography and autobiography in Tibet are important sources for both education and inspiration. Tibetans have kept such meticulous records of their teachers that thousands of names are known and discussed in a wide range of biographical material. All these names, all these lives—it can be a little overwhelming. The authors involved in the Treasury of Lives are currently mining the primary sources to provide English-language biographies of every known religious teacher from Tibet and the Himalaya, all of which are organized for easy searching and browsing. Every Tuesday on the Tricycle blog, we will highlight and reflect on important, interesting, eccentric, surprising and beautiful stories found within this rich literary tradition.
Kagyu Founders, Part 8: Lingrepa and Tsangpa Gyare
The Drukpa Kagyu is one of the most widespread of the traditions that stem from Marpa and Milarepa. It is the dominant Buddhist tradition in the Kingdom of Bhutan, to which it lends its name (Druk in the local tongue), and is also highly influential in Ladakh and far-western Tibet.
Alexander Gardner is the associate director of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation in New York City and the editor of the Treasury of Lives (www.treasuryoflives.org). He has a PhD in Buddhist Studies from the University of Michigan.