850 year old lineage, on your doorstep
The Martsang Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is an unbroken lineage based on the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha’s sutras and tantras which was founded 850 years ago by Choje Marpa Sherab Yeshe in 1167 (1134-1203).
In short, the Martsang Lam Rim is a collection of precious and profound teachings that will ‘illuminate the mind’ of the practitioner on the complete path to enlightenment. The Martsang Lam Rim teachings, theory and practice cover the complete teachings of Buddhist original theory instructed in the Buddha’s Mahayana Buddhism and the main parts of Theravada Buddhism.
The teachings of the Martsang Lam Rim are instructed in three main parts:
1. The Basis; ground/reality how things are.
2. The Path; the three paths to obtaining liberation and four philosophies.
3. The Fruit; freedom from cyclic existence.
Studying Martsang Lam Rim provides a strong foundation in Buddhist knowledge and is an essential prerequisite to Vajrayana practice and retreat. Once completed, you will have accomplished a proficient understanding of Buddhism from beginner to advanced level and also be able to carry on your practice and meditation at an advanced level.
Lama Chopa is a practice of guru devotion special to the Martsang Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. In Sanskrit, lama is guru, and chopa is offering, so Lama Chopa translates into English as “offering to the spiritual guide.”
This special Lama Chopa practice dedicated to Choje Marpa Sherab Yeshe (1134-1203) the founder of the Martsang Kagyu School, was originally compiled by Drogon Richen and has subsequently been reedited by His Holiness Gangri Karma Rinpoche.