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the 12th century, the first Karmapa
Dusum Khyenpa became the disciple of Gampopa,
and received all of his instructions relating to the sutra and tantra vehicles.
He was the founder of the Karma Kagyu lineage. Dusum Khyenpa was the first
recognized reincarnate Lama of Tibet.
After the 1st Kamapa’s appearance in the world, the lineage evolved rapidly and by the 12th century the Karma Kagyu tradition was spreading quickly and was widely practiced throughout Tibet.
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