The Situ Rinpoches

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Tai Situ Rinpoche (si tu), an important lineage of Karma Kagyu masters very closely associated with the Karmapas. The masters of the Situ lineage, and others, are responsible for the continuation of the Karma Kagyu lineage in the absence and during the minority of the Karmapas. They are in the posession of a red crown, much like the black crown of the Karmapas. The seat of the early Situ incarnations was the monastery of Lho Karma Gon (lho kar ma dgon). Later they moved to the famous Palpung monastery (dpal spungs) in Derge (sde dge). There were four incarnations which immediately precede the Situ lineage. They are counted as masters of that lineage even though they were not called 'Situ' as such. The title 'Tai Situ' was given by the Chinese Emperor to the '1st' Situ Rinpoche, Chokyi Gyaltsen, in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments.




Prophesized to be the emanation of the Buddha Maitreya and Guru Padmasambhava.
The Lineage of the Tai Situpa as supplicated by the first Jamgon Kongtrul, Lodro Thaye. (1813-1899)

1. Dombi Heruka
2. Sri Singha
3. Darikapa
4. Bang Topchen
5. Jampal Sangwa (Gyim Shang)
6. Lochen Denma Tsemang
7. Marpa Lotsawa
8. Pang Khenchen Oser lama
9. Jetsun Taranatha
10. Gyalste Chosgyal Rabten Kunzang Pal
11. Ripungpa Nawang Jikten Wangchuk
12. Gonpo Tsultrim Nyingpo
13. Drogon Rechen
14. Naljor Yeshe Wangchuk
15. Rigowa Ratnabhadra
16. Tai Ming Tzu ( Tai Shing Chen)
17. Tai Situ Chokyi Gyaltsen (1377 - 1488)
18. Tai Situ Tashi Namgyal (1450 - 1497)
19. Tai Situ Tashi Paljor (1498 - 1541)
20. Tai Situ Mitrug Chokyi Gocha (1542 - 1585)
21. Tai Situ Chokyi Gyaltsen Palzang (1586 - 1657)
22. Tai Situ Mipham Chogyal Rabten (1658 - 1682)
23. Tai Situ Mawe Nima (1683 - 1698)
24. Tai Situ Chokyi Jugnes (1700 - 1774)
25. Tai Situ Pema Nyinje Wangpo (1774 - 1853)
26. Tai Situ Pema Kunzang (1884 - 1885)
27. Tai Situ Pema Wangchok Gyalpo (1886 - 1952)
28. Tai Situ Pema Donyo Nyinje (1954 - [1]


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The Lineage of the Tai Situpas at KumarGallery.com

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