The Martsang Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism was founded by Choje Marpa Sherab Yeshe (1134-1203) based on the authentic teachings of the Buddha’s sutras and tantras. The Martsang Kagyu lineage was also established as a union of the Kadampa and Kagyu lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.
The tradition has been passed down in an unbroken lineage from the founder, Choje Marpa, to the current Martsang Kagyu lineage holder,
His Holiness the twelfth Gangri Karma Rinpoche. was born in Tibet in 1964 and has extensively studied the four major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism and established schools in Tibet, Taiwan and more recently the UK, where he now resides. Rinpoche is an exceptional Buddhist scholar and Dharma practitioner and is recognized as the reincarnation of H.H. the eleventh Gangri Karma Rinpoche (1910-1959), by H.H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and His Holiness Sakya Trizin.
The Martsang Kagyu organization involved the international beneficial work that was started by Rinpoche continues today in Tibet, India, Taiwan and UK.
The education of children continues to be very important, and in India where many orphaned Tibetan children now live, we offer school scholarships. In addition we are able to provide clothing and food to them and to disadvantaged families living in India.
In East Tibet, in addition to the supply of food and clothing to families in need, assistance with healthcare is also given. Financial aid is given towards medical treatment and for those living in isolated villages we can also help by paying their transport fees to see a doctor.
In Taiwan, the local orphanage helps many orphaned children who have lost their parents through tragic circumstances or have come from broken families. We are able to assist by donating and delivering various goods to their centre.
Another aid we provide regularly is the supply and delivery of provisions to those students of Rinpoche who have undertaken long-term retreat in the very remote isolated and mountainous areas of Tibet.