About Rongpa

The Rongpa community is located in the trans-Himalayan regions of India and is much older than twelve decades. It has been suggested that the Rongpa community almost lost its existence. Anthropological evidence also suggests that the Rongpa have their own community history within Tibet and that the word "Rongpa" literally translates to "valley people". An alternative translation proposes that 'rang' refers to a rigid valley while 'pa' refers to the commuters.
1st Karmapa Dusum Khyenpa Thangka Painting

1st Karmapa Lama – Dusum Kyenpa

Dusum Khyenpa is known as the 1st . Dusum Khyenpa is the founder of the (Kamtsang) branch of the Tradition. Dusum Khyenpa was born in Kham He served as Abbot of after and founded the . He is becoming the seat of the incarnate Karmapa . Dusum Khyenpa was the founder of the school and of its three main monasteries: Kampo Nenang Gon in 1164, Karma Gon .