a r m a . K a g y u . T r a d i t i o n
Sonam Dorje (1170-1249)
from The Garland of Moon Water Crystal by Situ Chokyi Jungnay and
Belo Tsewang Kunkhyab
Sonam Dorje was born at Drikung in Central Tibet. He was a gifted
child who mastered reading and writing by the age of five. When
he was nine years old he started studying Buddhism with Lama Lhakang
At fourteen he heard of Drogon
Rechen and felt an intense desire to see him, sensing that Drogon
Rechen was his destined teacher.
At their meeting Drogon Rechen
clearly saw that the child was very gifted and that he would become
the next lineage holder. Thus he imparted all the teachings to Pomdragpa
who put them into practice and became a great Kagyu master.
His principal disciple was
the second Karmapa, Karma Pakshi.
Second Karmapa, Karma Pakshi (1204-1283)