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Subjects & Topics:
- Description (below)
- Lineage
- Monastery
- Taglung Tangpa Chenpo
- Sanggye Yarjon
- Indian Style Painting
- Early Paintings of Teachers
- Taglung Teachers (Miscellaneous)
- Onpo Pal Front Inscription
- Masterworks
- Confusions
- Others...

Taglung Lineage:
1. Shakyamuni Buddha
2. Vajradhara
3. Tilopa
4. Naropa
5. Marpa Chokyi Lodro
6. Milarepa Zhepa Dorje
7. Gampopa Sonam Rinchen
8. Pagmodrubpa Dorje Gyalpo (1110-1170) p127
9. Taglung Tangpa Chenpo, Tashi Pal, 1st Abbot (1142-1209/10) p2649
10. Kuyalwa (Onpo) Rinchen Gonpo, 2nd Abbot (1191-1236) p1784
11. Sanggye Yarjon, 3rd Abbot (1203-1272) p1818
12a. Tashi Lama (Mangala Guru, 1231-1297), 4th Abbot p8428
12b. Sanggye Onpo (1251-1296) 4th abbot ?
13. Others....

The Kagyu Tradition:

"The Kagyud Tradition developed from the teachings of Naropa and Maitrepa. The main founders of all the sects of the Kagyud are the three Great Masters: Marpa, Milarepa and Gampopa. From these three Masters the Kagyud Lineage scattered into the four major and eight minor Lineages. It was from Gampopa's disciple, Phagmo Drupa that most of these lineages of the Kagyud Tradition came, spreading in many different directions. Presently there are four which have not faded and still exist: the Karma Kagyud, Drukpa Kagyud, Drigung Kagyud and Taglung Kagyud. The Dharma lineages of the others have become very subtle or thin (having mostly been absorbed into larger lineages)."

(Excerpt from the Opening of the Dharma, A Brief Explanation of the Essence of the Limitless Vehicles of the Buddha. Written by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro. Translated by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Gyatso, Malaysia, October 1984).
Taglung Throne Holders (Stag lung khri pa):
1. Stag lung thang pa bkra shis dpal (1142-1210)
2. Dbon po dkar po rin chen mgon po (1191-1236)
3. Sangs srgyas yar byon ( 1203-1272)
4. Bkra shis bla ma (mangala guru) (1231-1297)
5. Stag lung dbon po sangs rgyas dpal bzang (1257-1311
6. Ratna guru (rin chen bla ma) (1288-1327)
7. Ratna kara (rin chen 'byung gnas) (1300-1361)
8. Nam mkha' dpal bzang (1333-1379)
9. Bkra shis dpal brtsegs (1359-1424)
10. Byang chub rgya mtsho (1403-1448)
11. Bkra shis dpal 'od (1408-1460)
12. Ngag dbang grags pa (1418-1496)
13. Rnam rgyal grags pa (1469-1530)
14. Bsod nams ye shes dpal bzang (1472-1520)
15. Rnam rgyal bkra shis (1524-1563)
16. Kun dga' bkra shis (1536-1605)
17. Ngag dbang rnam rgyal (1572-1626)
18. Missing
19. Missing
20. Bkra shis dpal grub (1600-1672)
21. Ngag gi dbang phyug (17th Century)
22. Rnam rgyal legs grub (17th century)
23. 'o jo zhabs drung bkra shis chos kyi rgyal po (1660-1689)
24. Bstan 'dzin rnam rgyal (1667-1720)

Taklung Painting: A Study in Chronology. Jane Casey. Serindia Publications, 2023. (See HAR on Patreon).

Painted Images of Enlightenment: Early Tibetan Thankas, 1050-1450. Steven Kossak. Marg Publications, 2010.

Sacred Visions: Early Paintings from Central Tibet by Steven M. Kossak and Jane Casey Singer
With an essay by Robert Bruce-Gardner. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1998. (Book Review Video).