THE DRUKPA LINEAGE IN LADAKH

The Drukpa Lineage and the Ladakhi region are greatly intertwined. Many historic and current Drukpa masters and beneficiary of miracles have made their homes here. Known in Buddhist history as the “Two Greats”, Gyalwa Lorepa and Stakstang Raspa (1573 – 1651 CE) planted their roots in Ladakh and left their footprints and handprints – signs of accomplishments to devout Buddhists. In the 17th century, the great yogi Stakstang Raspa who was a disciple of the fifth Gyalwang Drukpa and the first Drukpa Yongdzin Rinpoche (the chief disciple of the fourth Gyalwang Drukpa) were instrumental in nurturing the growth of Buddhism in Ladakh. Many of their meditative caves can be found throughout Ladakh and it is believed that blessings are bestowed upon the visitor by merely visiting the region.

Today, Drukpa monasteries and humanitarian projects permeate through Ladakhi society. The heritage of Ladakh is deeply seeped in Drukpa traditions and philosophy.