Marpa the Translator, or Marpa Lotsawa in Tibetan, is one of the most renowned Saints in Tibetan Buddhist history. A great Master and scholar, Marpa Lotsawa was a founding father of the kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He was a disciple of the great Indian Buddhist yogi, mystic, and Master, Mahasiddha Sri Naropa. Marpa Lotsawa brought many Vajrayana and Mahamudra teachings from India to Tibet and translated them into Tibetan. Born Tarma Wangchuk in Lhodrak Chukhyer, southern Tibet, to wealthy landowners and farmers, Master Marpa was the youngest of four children. He was a very energetic child. To obtain the Dharma, He had to make long and dangerous trips to India against the wishes of His parents and relatives. Therefore, Naropa immediately welcomed Marpa to assume the role of His future lineage holder. Marpa was given abhisekas.