The Situ Rinpoches

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Tai Situ Rinpoche, 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.

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