It is a good place.
I think what I am really asking is if Kagyu is so much different than Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. I am not so clear on why there is so many different schools. I am sure the place I posted above is great, though I have only been to a Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism establishment atleast I think so.
Different founders. More focus on Padmasambhava in Nyingma. Nyingmapa have Dzogchen, Kaygupa have Mahamudra. so on and so on. Ultimately, it's the same. Don't worry about it.
Excellent, I will have to read more on their history of these school's to feed my curiousity.
Don't worry about it.
Quite. There are not a few lamas who have a foot in both camps.
Is there intermingling between the camps ever?
Palpung Luntok Choling is a great place, I'm there a few times a year.
The reason there are different Tibetan lineages is because there were different transmissions (mainly from India)--different people travelled to India (or, in some cases, esp. the Nyingma, the Indians travelled to Tibet)-received transmissions, and then returned to Tibet and started their own centers, lineages, etc. Jamgon Kongtrul categorized all these into "8 chariots" --Nyingma, Kadam (and thus, Geluk), Sakya, Marpa Kagyu, Shangpa Kagyu, Shije/Chod, Urgyen Dorje Sumgyi Nyendrup, and the Jordruk(a lineage of practice based on Kalachakra Tantra, and being the foundation for Jonang lineage originally, I think....)
Over time, though, many of these transmissions spread and became intertwined, in a way--though they're kept seperate, for the most part, in practice, it's not uncommon for a given Lama to maintain practices, and to give teachings, from more than one of these "8 chariots."
This makes a lot of sense, I will have to spend a few minutes out of the day and read a bit of each one as it does spark my interest. I definitely would like a clear understanding and this has helped alot. Thank You Very Much!!
These things I was a bit confused about when visiting the different places.