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
Urgyenpa was born at Lato in Northern Tibet. As a child he spontaneously
knew how to meditate. However, he wanted to begin the Buddhist path
by studying the teachings and then engage in meditation practice.
He studied many texts between the ages of seven till sixteen. At
that time he went to the well-known monastic college of Podong Er
in the Tsang Province. He became an outstanding scholar of his time.
Not being satisfied with this
achievement, he sought out the master Gotsangpa from whom he received
all the Kagyu teachings. Drubtop Urgyenpa was a follower of the
Drukpa Kagyu tradition. He travelled to Nepal, India, China and
Pakistan. During these travels he met with many gurus with whom
he studied and meditated.
At the age of fifty-three
he met with Karma Pakshi, who imparted the ultimate Kagyu teachings
to him and predicted that Urgyenpa would become the guru of the
Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje (1284-1339)