Our Guru Marpa statue is a depiction a renown master of Tibetan Buddhism. Additionally, he is the founder of the Kagyu Tibetan school. Guru Marpa Lotsawa is also known as “Marpa the Translator” . This is because he brought many of the ancient teachings from India to Tibet. Including the Buddha’s Dharma teachings.
Guru Marpa was born in southern Tibet to a wealthy family. However, he converted his inheritance to gold and used the money to fund his travels in India. It is believed that he studied under the Indian Buddhist master Naropa and his disciples. Therefore, Guru Marpa was destined to become a renown Buddhist master in his own right.
Additionally, he would develop his own following of disciples including the venerable Guru Milarepa. The nine story tower that Guru Milarepa built for Marpa still exists today in Lhodrak, Southern Tibet. Due to the death of Guru Marpa’s son Darma Dode, Guru Milarepa was to inherit the Kagyu lineage from Marpa.