Milarepa, Tibet's greatest saint, had two major disciples: Gampopa, who established the monastic foundation of the Kagyu lineage and Rechungpa, who traveled to India and brought back profound teachings which were absorbed into several Kagyu lineages.
Rechungpa's biography stand out because of the unorthodox unfolding of his realization. Rechungpa's pride and arrogance caused him to go against Milarepa's advice three times, putting his practice at risk. Even with this obstacle, Rechungpa's undying devotion to Milarepa served as the cause for enlightenment as evidenced by Rechungpa's achievement of rainbow body at his death.
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Thrangu Rinpoche is the foremost scholar of the Karma Kagyu lineage and the only member of this lineage to hold the highest Khenchen degree. He as been the tutor of the four main regents of the Karma Kagyu lineage and has recently been appointed as tutor to His Holiness the 17th Karmapa by the Dalai Lama. His is also author of 25 books on Buddhism for Western students.
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