a r m a . K a g y u . T r a d i t i o n
from The Garland of Moon Water Crystal by Situ Chokyi Jungnay and
Belo Tsewang Kunkhyab
Rechen was born in the region of Tsang in Central Tibet. He was
inclined toward the Dharma already at a very young age and felt
that a worldly way of life had no true meaning.
He started practising the
Dharma with the Kagyu Lama Sangri Repa when he was nine years old.
Unfortunately the Lama fell ill before he had passed on all the
teachings. Knowing he would die, he advised Drogon Rechen to seek
out the disciples of Milarepa, since studying with them would result
in his becoming an accomplished master. Drogon Rechen received the
complete teachings of Milarepa as well as the Nyingma teachings
originating with the Indian master Vimalamitra. He put these teachings
into practice and attained high levels of realisation.
Hearing about the first Karmapa,
Dusum Khyenpa, Drogon Rechen decided to go and see him. His decision
was made merely because the Karmapa was an older and more experienced
teacher. In fact, Drogon Rechen perceived him as an equal.
their meeting the Karmapa displayed miraculous powers that broke
through Drogon Rechen's proud attitude. He became his principal
disciple, received the entire cycle of the Kagyu teachings and became
a lineage holder.
Sonam Dorje (1170-1249)