Karma Kagyu Palpung is the main monastery of Kagyu Pa in Kham. It is also called “Ba-Bang-Si” in chinese Ping Ying, and the “mother” monastery of the Karma Kagyu in Kham. It is located on the hill slope hidden in the valley near Jinsha River, was originated in the 12th century and wielded religious and political influence over centuries.
Palpung means “glorious union of study and practice”, and was found in 1727 by King Denba Tsering of ancient Derge kingdom. It was the largest Kagyu monastery in this ancient kingdom, and it rapidly grew to be the most important center in the east Tibet of Kham and Amdo for learning Kagyu tradition.