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Vairochana. 1) One of the five families, the chief buddha of the tathagata family. 2) The great and unequalled translator during the reign of King Trisong Deutsen. Vairochana, (also pronounced vairo-tsa-na), was recognized by Padmakara as a reincarnation of an Indian pandita. He was among the first seven monks and was sent to India to study with Shri Singha. Shri Singha in turn entrusted Vairochana with the task of propagating the Mind Section and Space Section of Dzogchen in Tibet. He is one of the three main masters to bring the Dzogchen teachings to Tibet, the two others being Padmakara and Vimalamitra. Vairochana's chief disciples were Yudra Nyingpo, Sangt�n Yeshe Lama, Pang Gen Sangye G�npo, Jnana Kumara of Nyag, and Lady Yeshe Dr�nma. An especially renowned disciple was the old Pang Gen Mipham G�npo whose disciples attained the rainbow body for seven generations by means of the oral instructions entitled Dorje Zampa, the Vajra Bridge. Tsele Natsok Rangdr�l, Terdag Lingpa Gyurmey Dorje, and Jamg�n Kongtr�l Lodr� Thaye are regarded as reincarnations of Vairochana [RY]