Pictures Above are:
Lord Maitreya followed
Guru Rinpoche followed
(Painted by Thanglha Tsewang)
The 12th Kenting Tai Situpa

The lineage of the Kenting Tai situpas is traced to one of the main disciples of the Goutama Buddha, the Bodhisattva Maitreya. Since that time there have been a successive chain of incarnations, whose achievements are recorded in Sanskrit, Chinese and Tibetan annals, a direct lineage that continues to the present day. Except twelve incarnations crowned as Kenting Tai Situ till now, according to some historical records and especially thangkhas painted personally by the 8th Kenting Tai Situpa Chokyi Jungne, which were recently uncovered during the renovation of Palpung Monastery, the lineage also contains incarnations such as Dombipa, Sri Singha, Darikapa, Marpa, Taranatha etc., totally 17 incarnations as list in the right board.

These precious and great incarnations revealed many incredible achievements and enlightenments. Dombipa and Darikapa are both one of the 84 Mahasiddhas in India. Sri Singha is thought as emanation of Manjushri. Taranatha is considered to be none other than Manjushri and was proclaimed a tenth-level bodhisattva, and he was a holder of the Shangpa Kagyu lineage and the Kalachakra transmission. Marpa is renowned as the founding father of the Kagyu Lineage in historic Tibet, which became the source of an infinite number of accomplished masters.

In Tibeten Buddhism tradition, Kenting Tai situpa is considered as emanation of Bodhisattva Maitreya and Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). That means the achievements of Kenting Tai Situpa's incarnations were closely the same as these two Bodhisattvas.

Most of these incarnations are introduced in this web site.

Special Remarks
Some of the biographies of the incarnations, especially those not in the title of Kenting Tai Situpa, are from Simhanada---The Lion's Roar of Mahayana Buddhism ( who write and edit these biographies through interviews with the 12th Kenting Tai Situpa and gathering related data themselves and from Palpung Sherabling.