THE SHANGPA and KAGYU LINEAGES
Sukhasiddhi Foundation is a center for the study and practice of both the Shangpa and Kagyu lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. From the Buddha down to our current day, the teachings and practices of these lineages have been personally actualized and then transmitted and taught from master to disciple. The masters have mentored their students in this personal, yet universal process. We are very fortunate that in both of these lineages in each successive generation practitioners have actualized awakening and have transmitted the teachings and meditation practices and mentored the next generation. In this way the teachings and lineage have remained vital and unbroken.
Lama Palden Drolma received both the Shangpa and Kagyu lineage transmissions, including empowerments, teachings and personal guidance from her root guru, Kalu Rinpoche, then primary lineage holder of the Shangpa lineage, and a lineage holder in the Kagyu. She also received the profound blessing and many transmissions from the 16th Karmapa, primary holder of the Kagyu Lineage. She then engaged in a three year meditation retreat. Lama Dondrup also completed a three year retreat. Lama Annik and Lama Pat, completed the equivalent of meditation and philosophical in daily life. The entirety of the Shangpa practices are taught as part of the long-term practice programs at Sukhasiddhi Foundation, as well as some of the Kagyu meditations.
The Shangpa lineage was founded by Khyungpo Naljor, an 11-12th c. Tibetan who traveled several times to India to study with Vajrayana Buddhist gurus. He had 150 teachers. His four main gurus were Niguma, Sukhasiddhi, Rahula and Métripa. In Tibet, his teachings became the Shangpa lineage.
One of the most unique and important aspects of the lineage is that most of the practices and teachings in the Shangpa come from two fully and completely awakened women masters: Sukhasiddhi and Niguma. These were Khyungpo Naljorhis primary teachers gurus.