The Gangkar line is a Karma Kagyu incarnation line that has its seat at Gangkar and Khamsum Drakgon monasteries. The line dates from the 13th century. The First Gangkar established the Gangkar hermitage which later became a monastery. The Ninth Gangkar, Karma Shedrub Chokyi Sengge was an accomplished teacher from Minyak who studied at Pelpung Monastery in Kham. He taught the Sixteenth Karmapa for about a year in U-Tsang, and worked as a teacher at the Central Nationalities University in Beijing.