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The Drikung (Drigung) Kagyu of Tibetan Buddhism lineage is one of the eight small branches of the Kagyu school.  It was founded by Lord Jigten Sumgon (1143-1217) at the end of the twelfth century, and is centered at Drikung Thil Monastery, located northeast of Lhasa, Tibet.

The Kagyu school (literally, the “Oral Lineage”) is one of four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, the other three being the Nyingma, Sakya, and Gelug schools.  The Kagyu, and especially the Drikung Kagyu, is known for its intense commitment to meditation practice, and thus is sometimes referred to as the “Practice Lineage.”