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Key Term Kagyu
In Tibetan Script བཀའ་བརྒྱུད་
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration bka' brgyud
Tibetan Phonetic Rendering ka gyu
Alternate Spellings bka' rgyud
Term Type School
Source Language Tibetan
Basic Meaning The Kagyu traces its origin to the eleventh century translator Marpa and his famous disciple Milarepa. It split into as many as twelve sub-traditions, the best known being the Karma Kagyu, the Drigung, and the Drukpa.