These centers follow the Karma Kagyu tradition of H.H. Karmapa Thaye Dorje  
The Kagyu Lineage is one of the four major Lineages of Vajrayana Buddhism in Tibet. Its main branch, and the largest, is the Karma Kagyu, which has been guided over eight hundred years by the successive incarnations of its Supreme Head, the Glorious Karmapa. With the spread of Vajrayana Buddhism beyond Tibet over the last fifty years, numerous Karma Kagyu Dharma centers have been founded all over the world, under the inspiration of His Holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa, Ranjung Rigpe Dorje, with the aim of making the complete teachings of the Buddha available all over the world and independent of any state, religion or political institutions.

Over 876 Buddhist centers and monasteries of the Karma Kagyu lineage in 71 countries follow H.H. the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje who was recognized by H.H. the 14th Shamarpa Mipham Chokyi Lodro.

According to the 800-year-old tradition of the Karma Kagyu lineage, successive reincarnations of Karmapas and Shamarpas recognize each other. In the history of Tibetan Buddhism, the Karmapa was the first reincarnated lama and Shamarpa was the second. The centers and monasteries listed below follow this traditional lineage of the Karma Kagyu.

 Seats of H.H. the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje
Dharma Chakra Centre
P.O. Rumtek Monastery
Gangtok, Sikkim, 737 135
Tel: 91-359-2363, 91-359-2473
Dhagpo Kagyu Ling
F-24290 St Léon sur Vézère
Tel: 33-5-53507075
Fax: 33-5-53508054
Karmapa International Buddhist Institut
B 19-20 Mehrauli Institutional Area
New Delhi-110016
Tel: 91-11-6960767
Fax: 91-11-6866238
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