Dharamshala: - The Martsang Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism has launched a trilingual (Tibetan, Chinese and English) website that provides an insight into Tibetan society and focuses on the preservation of the rich traditions and culture of Tibetan Buddhism.
The new website, martsangkagyuofficial.org, has been opened by Mr Penpa Tsering, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile at a ceremony held in Dharamshala, India, on December 26, 2014.
The website offers special features, including history of Tibetan Buddhism, the important political and religious figures in Tibet, history of Tibet and Tibetan culture and customs amongst others.
Addressing at the launch of his website, Drogon Gangri Karma Rinpoche who is a spiritual teacher of the Martsang Kagyud tradition of Tibetan Buddhism spoke about the important part of the newly launched website.
He said that the revival of the tradition is in tune with His Holiness the Dalai Lama's advice to preserve the rich culture of Tibetan Buddhism.
Other guests include Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and Geshe Monlam Tharchin, a member of the Tibetan Parliament.
The Martsang Kagyu tradition was founded by His Holiness Chöjé Marpa Sherab Yeshe (1134-1203) around 848 years ago. However, the tradition has diminished over the years.
Born in Markham in East Tibet, 1964, the 12th Gangri Karma Rinpoche is the current lineage holder of this Kagyu tradition. He was recognised by His Eminences the Sakya Trizin and His Holiness the Dalai Lama on December 15, 1987.
Rinpoche is spearheading the revival of the tradition, has conducted six years of intensive research on the tradition and has established many centres around the world to revive the tradition and exploring the interface of Buddhism with modern science.
Rinpoche has established a Scientific Buddhist Institute in Markham county of eastern Tibet, a School for orphans and semi-orphans to train to be the Tibetan medical practitioners, according to his website.