a r m a . K a g y u . T r a d i t i o n
from the Biography of Marpa by Tsang Nyon Heruka
was born in South Tibet and embraced Buddhism at an early age. He
studied Sanskrit with the Sakyapa Lama Drogmi. After his studies
he sold all his possessions for gold and set out for India.
He journeyed through Nepal
where he met two of Naropa's disciples who impressed him so much
that he decided to meet him.
He became a disciple of Naropa
and received teachings from him over a period of many years. He
also studied with other well-known Indian masters such as Jnanagarbha,
Kukuripa and Maitripa.
Upon his return to Tibet Marpa
spent many years translating the Buddhist scriptures from Sanskrit
into Tibetan. He and his wife Dagmema lived at Lhodrag in South
Tibet with their sons. Marpa became a well-known translator and
guided a group of disciples whom he gave the quintessence of the
teachings that he had practised and mastered.
Marpa made yet another two
journeys to India in order to bring back further teachings to Tibet.
Upon his return from the second journey, Milarepa, who was to become
known as Tibet's great yogi, became his disciple. Marpa passed away
at the age of eighty-six.