11th Century Origins
The Shangpa Lineage took shape in the 11th Century through the extra-ordinary study, practice and activity of Kyungpo Naljor. Having exhausted the teachings available in Tibet and still thirsting for deeper realization, he travelled through India meeting many realized masters of that time. Of the 150 masters he considered his root teachers, four were particularly close and of these, two were crucial to his teachings, Niguma and Sukasiddhi.
These two fully awakened women became the principal inspiration of the Shangpa Lineage through numerous teachings but specifically through their individual systems of Six Yogas (Inner Heat, Illusory Body, Lucid Dreaming, Clear Light, Transference, Intermediate State). As a way of guaranteeing the vitality of her teachings throughout the centuries to come Niguma sealed her teachings to a one-to-one transmission for seven generations later to be known as the Seven Jewels of the Sealed Shangpa Lineage.