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Thangka of Vimalamitra

Vimalamitra (Skt.; Tib. དྲི་མེད་བཤེས་གཉེན་, Wyl. dri med bshes gnyen) was an Indian Buddhist master known for transmitting a lineage of Dzogchen teachings to Tibet. He is particularly revered within the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. His lineage of Dzogchen teachings became known as the Vima Nyingtik.

According to tradition, Vimalamitra's teachers were Buddhaguhya, Jñānasūtra and Śrī Siṃha.[1]

He went to Tibet in the ninth century, where he taught extensively for a period of thirteen years. During this time he composed and translated numerous Sanskrit texts.

According to tradition, when Vimalamitra left Tibet, he promed to return to Tibet every hundred years as an emanation to further the Clear Light teaching of Dzogpachenpo.[2]


  1. Gruber, Joel Stephen (2016). "Vimalamitra : The Legend of an Indian Saint and His Tibetan Emanations - Alexandria Digital Research Library". Alexandria Digital Research Library. Retrieved 2017-08-03. 
  2. Gruber, Joel (2012). "Vimalamitra". The Treasury of Lives. Retrieved 2017-08-03. 

Further reading

  • Biography at Treasury of Lives
  • Dudjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, Its Fundamentals and History, trans. and ed. Gyurme Dorje (Boston: Wisdom, 1991), vol.1 pp.497-501.
  • Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage (Junction City: Padma Publications, 2005), pages 78-82.
  • Tulku Thondup, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, edited by Harold Talbott, Boston: Shambhala, 1996, pp.68-73

External links

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