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Subjects & Topics:
- Karma Kagyu Explanaton (below)
- Karma Kagyu Outline Page
- Kagyu Outline Page
- Karmapa Page
- Shamarpa
- Situpa
- Gyaltsab
- Nenang Pawo
- Karma Tinlepa
- Sanggye Nyenpa
- Kagyu Protectors Outline Page
- Lineage Painting Sets
- Masterworks
- Confusions
- Others...

Special Characteristics:
- Karma Kagyu Hats
- Black Hats & Blue Hats
- Red Hats
- Cap Style Hats
- Choying Dorje Style Art
- Karmapa Guruyoga
- Mahakala, Bernagchen
- Palpung Monastery Style Art
- Others...


"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).

(The images below are only a selection chosen from the links above).

Jeff Watt [updated 1-2016, 6-2017]