bka' brgyud che bzhi chung brgyad

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The four primary ("great") and eight secondary ("small") branches or traditions of the Dagpo Kagyu.

The four primary branches (bka' brgyud che bzhi) are the: Karma Kagyu founded by Düsum Khyenpa, the Barom Kagyu founded by Barom Darma Wangchuk , the Tsalpa Kagyu founded by Zhang Tsalpa Tsöndrü Drakpa, and the Phagdru Kagyu founded by Phagmo Drupa Dorje Gyalpo .

The eight secondary branches (bka' brgyud chung brgyad) are the: the Drikung Kagyu founded by Drikung Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon (1143-1217), Taglung Kagyu founded by Taklung Thangpa Tashi Pal (1142-1210), Trophu Kagyu founded by Gyal Tsha Rinchen Gon (1118-1195) and Kunden Repa (1148-1217), Drukpa Kagyu founded by Lingje Repa Pema Dorje (1128-1188) and Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje (1161-1211), Martsang Kagyu founded by Marpa Drubthob Sherab Senge, Yelpa Kagyu founded by Drubthob Yeshe Tsegpa (b. 1134), Yabzang Kagyu founded by Sharawa Kalden Yeshe Senge (died 1207) and the Shugseb Kagyu founded by Gyergom Chenpo Zhonnu Drakpa (1090-1171).


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