H .E Tai Situpa (Tibetan: ཏའི་སི་ཏུ་པ་, Wylie: ta'i si tu pa, from Chinese: 大司徒; pinyin: Dàsītú "Great Preceptor") is one of the oldest lineages of tulkus (reincarnated lamas) in the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism
According to tradition, the Tai Situpa is an emanation of Maitreya, the bodhisattva who will become the next Buddha and who has been incarnated as numerous Indian and Tibetan yogis since the time of the historical Buddha
The full title means "far reaching, unshakable, great master, holder of the command".
The current, 12th Tai Situpa, Pema Tönyö Nyinje, was born in a farming family named Liyultsang in 1954 in the village of Palmey, which is part of Palyul (Wylie: dpal yul) or Baiyü County, Sichuan, China that was formerly part of the Kingdom of Derge.
At the age of twenty-two, Tai Situ founded his own new monastic seat, Palpung Monastery, Himachal Pradesh, in Northeast India. He traveled widely, making his first visit to the West in 1981 to Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre in Scotland.
- Chokyi Gyaltsen (1377–1448)
- Tashi Namgyal (1450–1497)
- Tashi Paljor (1498–1541)
- Mitrug Gocha (1542–1585)
- Chokyi Gyaltsen Gelek Palzang (1586–1657)
- Mipham Trinlay Rabten (1658–1682)
- Lekshe Mawe Nyima (1683–1698)
- Situ Panchen (1700–1774)
- Pema Nyingche Wangpo (1774–1853)
- Pema Kunzang Chogyal (1854–1885)
- Pema Wangchuk Gyalpo (1886–1952)
- Pema Tönyö Nyinje Wangpo (1954- )