In December of this year Kagyu Thegchen Ling (also known as KTL Meditation Center) celebrated the fortieth anniversary of Lama Rinchen’s arrival in Honolulu on December first, 1976.
The Kagyu (bKa’ brgyud) lineage of Tibetan Buddhism claims to have been transmitted directly from India by the Indian master Nāropa, via Marpa, Milarepa and Gampopa. It constitutes one of the Red Hat sects. The Karma Kagyu subschool is headed by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, a modern teacher eager to reach out to the younger generation. See his official website: http://kagyuoffice.org.