The Spiritual Content of the Kagyu Lineage
Marpa, the Tibetan founder of the Kagyu lineage, had been told by his guru Naropa that the lineage would grow stronger and stronger, from generation to generation. He compared to snow lions and garudas, whose offspring grow up stronger than their parents. Naropa's phophecy turned out true, as the yogas and tantras he taught Marpa became complemented by the complete mahamudra meditation teachings from Saraha. Gampopa combined all these teachings with the mainstream hinayana and mahayana teachings he had mastered through the Khadampa tradition. Then, successive Karmapas integrated other lineages into the Kagyu. A brief summary of the content is given diagramatically below.
With time, we hope to create more hyperlinks from this diagram to take you to comprehensive explanations of each aspect of the lineage.