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rdo rje'i rigs - Vajra family. One of the five families [RY]

rnam par snang mdzad - Vairochana. 1) One of the five families, the chief buddha of the sugata family. 2) The great translator at the time of King Trisong Deutsen [RY] 3) rnam par snang mdzad lo tsa ba - 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, Sangtön Yeshe Lama, Pang Gen Sangye Gönpo, Jnana Kumara of Nyag, and Lady Yeshe Drönma. An especially renowned disciple was the old Pang Gen Mipham Gönpo whose disciples attained the rainbow body for seven generations by means of the oral instructions entitled Dorje Zampa, the Vajra Bridge. Tsele Natsok Rangdröl, Terdag Lingpa Gyurmey Dorje, and Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thaye are regarded as reincarnations of Vairochana [RY]

bcom ldan rgyal ba rigs lnga - the Bhagavan Victorious Ones of the five families (the rulers of the five families of the mandala) are: Vairochana, Akshobhya, Ratnasambhava, Amitabha, Amoghasiddhi] [IW]

rigs lnga'i ye shes kyi rang mdangs - the natural radiance of the wisdoms of the five families [RY]