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kun bzang rig 'dzin - Ever Excellent Vidyadhara. Same as Guru Rinpoche [RY]

klu grub - Nagarjuna. An Indian master of philosophy and a tantric siddha. One of the Eight Vidyadharas; receiver of the tantras of Lotus Speech such as Supreme Steed Display. He is said to have taken birth in the southern part of India around four hundred years after the Buddha's nirvana. Having received ordination at Nalanda Monastery, he later acted as preceptor for the monks. He knew alchemy, stayed alive for six hundred years and transformed ordinary materials into gold in order to sustain the sangha. At Bodhgaya he erected pillars and stone walls to protect the Bodhi Tree and constructed 108 stupas. From the realm of the nagas he brought back the extensive Prajnaparamita scriptures. He was the life pillar for the Mahayana, but specifically he was a major exponent of the Unexcelled Vehicle of Vajrayana. Having attained realization of Hayagriva, he transmitted the lineage to Padmasambhava [RY]

klong gsal snying po - Longsal Nyingpo; Vidyadhara Longsal Nyingpo. tertön, 1625-1692. One of the early masters of the Katok Nyingma tradition [RY]

bka'i brgyud pa gsum - Three transmissions of the teachings. Buddhas' Mind Transmission, Vidyadharas' Sign Transmission and Great Masters' Oral Transmission [RY]

khyad 'phags rig 'dzin - Eminent Vidyadhara. One of the twelve manifestations [RY]

glang po'i od - Prahasti, Skt. Prabhahasti). 'Radiant Elephant.' Among the Eight Vidyadharas the receiver of the transmission of the tantras of Kilaya Activity. Born to a royal family in the western part of India and named Shakyaprabha when ordained as monk, Prahasti became extremely well-versed in the Tripitaka and studied Secret Mantra with Vajrahasya (rdo rje bzhad pa) and numerous other masters. He achieved supreme accomplishment and had, together with his disciple Shakyamitra, a tremendous impact on the Dharma in Kashmir [RY]

rgya gar gyi rig 'dzin brgyad - Eight Indian Vidyadharas. Manjushrimitra, Nagarjuna, Hungchenkara, Vimalamitra, Prabhahasti, Danasanskrit, Shintamgarbha and Guhyachandra [RY]

sgrub pa sde dgu - Nine Sadhana Sections. The Eight Sadhana Teachings in addition to the teachings connected to Guru Vidyadhara. Sometimes the Assemblage of Sugatas is counted as the ninth [RY]

'chi med rig 'dzin - Immortal Vidyadhara. Same as Guru Rinpoche [RY]

'jam dpal bshes gnyen - Jampal Shenyen. Skt: Manjushrimitra (the first). A great Indian pandita of the Dzogchen lineage who was the chief disciple of Garab Dorje and later the guru of Shri Singha and Guru Padmasambhava. He was one of the eight Vidyadharas of India. He passed away 830 years after the Buddha's nirvana. Lit Gentle Splendor Spiritual Friend. [RY]

'jam dpal bshes bsnyen - Manjushrimitra/Jampal Shenyen, one of the eight Vidyadharas of India, disciple of Garab Dorje and master of Shri Singha and Guru Padmasambhava [RY]

'jigs med gling pa - Jigmey Lingpa, Great Vidyadhara, Knowledge-holder [RY]

thugs sgrub bar chad kun sel - Tukdrub Barchey Künsel. A cycle of teachings revealed by Chokgyur Lingpa together with Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo consisting of about ten volumes of texts. Belong to the principle of Guru Vidyadhara. For details, see foreword to The Great Gate (Rangjung Yeshe Publ.). Tukdrub means 'Heart practice,' Barchey Künsel means 'dispeller of all obstacles.' [RY]

dri med bshes gnyen - Vimalamitra. A master in the Dzogchen lineage and the crown ornament of five hundred panditas, who had attained the indestructible form of the rainbow body. He received the transmission of Dzogchen from Shri Singha and Jnanasutra. Vimalamitra is regarded as one of the three main forefathers for establishing the Dzogchen teachings, especially the Instruction Section, in Tibet, which he chiefly transmitted to five people: King Trisong Deutsen, Prince Muney Tsenpo, Tingdzin Sangpo of Nyang, Kawa Paltsek and Chokro Lui Gyaltsen. Having translated these extremely profound instructions, he concealed the texts at Samye Chimphu for the sake of future generations. On his departure to the Five-peaked Mountain in China, Vimalamitra made the promise to return once every century in order to clarify and propagate the teachings of the secret, innermost essence, Sangwa Nyingtig. The oral lineage of his teachings on the Instruction Section was continued by Tingdzin Sangpo of Nyang who also concealed one set of the scriptures. one hundred and fifty five years after Vimalamitra departed from Tibet, an emanation of him named Dangma Lhüngyal took out the hidden texts. They are now included in the collection known as Vima Nyingtig, the Heart Essence of Vimalamitra. In his role as lineage holder of Nectar Quality among the Eight Sadhana Teachings, he is counted among the Eight Vidyadharas of India, the receiver of the Eightfold Volume of Nectar Quality. According to this lineage he was born in Elephant Grove, an area in the western part of India. He was learned in both the common and extraordinary topics of knowledge and received teachings on the tantras from Buddhaguhya and many other illustrious masters. Having practiced, he reached the accomplishment of the vidyadhara level of Mahamudra and wrote numerous treatises, mainly on the teachings connected to the Magical Net [RY]

rdo rje brag rig 'dzin chen po - Vidyadhara of Dorje Drak [RY]

brda brgyud - symbolic transmission, the Lineage of the Mystic Signs (of the Vidyadharas); sign lineage, symbolic transmission; Indication Transmission [RY]

nor gyi legs sbyar - Dhana Sanskrita. One of the Eight Vidyadharas, the receiver of the transmissions of Liberating Sorcery of Mother Deities, Mamo Bötong. Not much is available about his life besides him being born in the Thogar area of Uddiyana [RY]

rnam par smin pa'i rig 'dzin - Vidyadhara of Full Maturation; fully developed Vidyadhara; vidyadhara level of Full Maturation [RY]

rnam par smin pa'i rig 'dzin - Vidyadhara level of maturation; vidyadhara level of Full Maturation. The first of the four vidyadhara levels. The beginning of the path of seeing; the practitioner has reached stability in the development stage and his mind has 'matured' into the form of the yidam deity, but he is yet to purify the remainder of the physical elements [RY]

rnam par smin pa'i rig 'dzin - fully developed Vidyadhara [IW]

rnam smin rig 'dzin - Vidyadhara level of maturation [RY]

rnam smin rig 'dzin - knowledge-holder with residues, knowledge-holders of complete maturation, Vidyadhara level of complete ripening, SA rig 'dzin bzhi [JV]

phyag rgya chen po rig 'dzin - great symbol Vidyadhara/ awareness holder [IW]

phyag rgya chen po'i rig 'dzin - great symbol Vidyadhara [RY]

phyag rgya chen po'i rig 'dzin - Vidyadhara level of Mahamudra. The third of the four vidyadhara levels. The stage of the path of cultivation; the practitioner emerges from the luminosity of the path of seeing in the form of the wisdom body of unified state of the 'path of training.' [RY]

phyag rgya chen po'i rig 'dzin - great symbol Vidyadhara/ awareness holder [IW]

phyag rgya chen po'i rig 'dzin - Vidyadhara level of mahamudra [JV]

phyag chen rig 'dzin - Vidyadhara level of Mahamudra [RY]

bod kyi rig 'dzin brgyad - Eight Tibetan Vidyadharas. Eight accomplished disciples of Guru Rinpoche [RY]

bla ma rig 'dzin - Guru Vidyadhara. A deity and set of scriptures belonging to the Nine Sadhana Sections. Often the Guru Vidyadhara and the eight herukas in the Eight Sadhana Teachings form a single mandala with nine groups of deities. The chief existing scripture for the teachings on Guru Vidyadhara is called the Root Tantra of the Assemblage of Vidyadharas (rig 'dzin 'dus pa rtsa ba'i rgyud) and is the fifteenth tantra within the Assemblage of Sugatas, an immensely detailed collection of teachings on the Eight Sadhana Teachings and associated Vajrayana material brought to Tibet by Padmasambhava and taught to his main disciple. The Assemblage of Sugatas was concealed as a terma and later revealed by Nyang Ral Nyima Özer. The practice of Guru Vidyadhara is expressed through the principle known as the four aspects of approach and accomplishment. The most detailed terma on this principle was revealed by Sangye Lingpa (1340-1396) and is still renowned as Lama Gongdü (bla ma dgongs 'dus) in 18 volumes of approximately 700 pages each. The Guru Vidyadhara is also the basis for innumerable sadhanas propagated by other tertöns, for instance the Rigdzin Düpa cycle within the termas of Longchen Nyingtig as well as the Barchey Künsel cycle revealed by Chokgyur Lingpa and Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo that are both widely practiced to this day [RY]

bla ma rig 'dzin gyi sgrub thabs brgya rtsa brgyad - Hundred and Eight Sadhanas of Guru Vidyadhara. One of the Nine Sadhana Sections of Mahayoga [RY]

tshe dbang rig 'dzin - life mastery vidyadhara, Life-power Vidyadhara, attainment of control over life. awareness holder with power over the lifespan [RY]

tshe dbang rig 'dzin - Vidyadhara level of life-mastery [RY]

tshe dbang rig 'dzin - Life-mastery Vidyadhara. The second of the four vidyadhara levels [RY]

tshe la dbang ba'i rig 'dzin - Vidyadhara level of Life Mastery; the vidyadhara level of life- mastery, {rig 'dzin bzhi}. Lord of Life; vidyadhara level of Life Mastery; holder of intrinsic awareness with power over longevity [RY]

tshe la dbang ba'i rig 'dzin - Vidyadhara level of long life [JV]

tshe'i rig 'dzin - Vidyadhara level of longevity, (tshe la dbang ba'i rig 'dzin). The second of the four vidyadhara levels. Corresponds to the path of seeing. The practitioner's body turns into the subtle vajra-like body while his mind matures into the wisdom of the path of seeing. It is the attainment of longevity beyond birth and death [RY]

zhi ba'i snying po - Shintam Garbha. One of the Eight Vidyadharas, receiver of the transmission of Maledictory Fierce Mantra. Born in Uddiyana and reputed to have visited Tibet and participated in the consecration of the Samye Temple. Also spelled Shantigarbha [RY]

rig pa tshad phebs - Culminated Awareness; awareness reaching fullness, culmination of awareness; intrinsic awareness reaching an authentic climax; visionary appearance of reaching the limit of awareness; [reaching culmination of awareness], Perfection of Awareness. The third {snang ba} corresponding to the level of Mahamudra Vidyadhara and the eighth bhumi; the vision of the increasing to the full measure of Awareness [RY]

rig pa 'dzin pa - {rig 'dzin}; Vidyadhara, knowledge-holder, holder of intrinsic awareness [RY]

rig pa 'dzin pa - Vidyadhara. 'Knowledge-holder.' Holder (dhara) or bearer of knowledge (vidya) mantra. A realized master on one of the four stages on the tantric path of Mahayoga, the tantric equivalent of the eleven levels. Another definition is: Bearer of the profound method, the knowledge which is the wisdom of deity, mantra and great bliss [RY]

rig 'dzin - Vidyadhara, knowledge-holder / bearer. Syn {rig pa 'dzin pa} awareness holder. the manner of an aware ness-holder. vidyadhara, knowledge holder. awareness holder. vidyadhara. Syn {rig pa 'dzin pa}; Vidyadhara, [vidyadhara] [RY]

rig 'dzin gyi zhal chems bzhi - the Four Testaments of the Vidyadharas: {tshig gsum gnad brdeg, sgom nyams drug pa, zer bu bdun pa, bzhag thabs bzhi pa} [RY]

rig 'dzin gyi sa - Vidyadhara levels [RY]

rig 'dzin gyi slob dpon brgyad - Eight Vidyadhara Masters. Same as the Eight Indian Vidyadharas [RY]

rig 'dzin grub pa'i rgyud - Vidyadhara Accomplishment Tantra. One of the Eighteen Mahayoga Tantras. The Golden Garland Chronicles names this scripture The Tantra of Six Vidyadharas (rig 'dzin drug pa'i rgyud) [RY]

rig 'dzin rgod kyi ldem phru can - Rigdzin Gökyi Demtru Chen. Alias Ngödrub Gyaltsen (dngos grub rgyal mtshan), (1337-1408). The great treasure revealer of the Jangter Tradition. Among his termas are the Dzogchen teachings Kadag Rangjung Rangshar and the better known Gongpa Sangtal. When he was 12 years old three vulture feathers grew on his head, and five more when he was 24. He passed away at the age of 71 amidst miraculous signs. Rigdzin Gödem means 'Vidyadhara Vulture Feathers.' [RY]

rig 'dzin rgya mtsho - ocean of Vidyadharas [JV]

rig 'dzin sgyu 'phrul drva ba - the Magical Net of the Vidyadharas [RY]

rig 'dzin brgyad - Eight Vidyadharas. Manjushrimitra, Nagarjuna, Hungkara, Vimalamitra, Prabhahasti, Dhana Sanskrita, Shintam Garbha, and Guhyachandra [RY]

rig 'dzin brgyad rje 'bangs nyer lnga - the eight Vidyadharas, the twenty-five disciples [RY]

rig 'dzin 'dus pa - Gathering of the Vidyadharas, sadhana, part of the klong chen snying thig cycle revealed by Jigmey Lingpa [RY]

rig 'dzin 'dus pa rtsa rgyud - Vidyadhara Assemblage Root Tantra [RY]

rig 'dzin 'dus pa'i rtsa rgyud - Root Tantra of the Assemblage of Vidyadharas [RY]

rig 'dzin brda brgyud - the symbolic transmission of the Vidyadharas, vidyadhara symbolic transmission, Vidyadhara Sign Transmission Lineage, transmission of symbols through the wisdom-holders; lineage of the bearers of pure awareness [RY]

rig 'dzin brda brgyud - Sign Lineage of the Vidyadharas. The second of the three lineages [RY]

rig 'dzin brda yi brgyud - transmission by signs of the Vidyadharas [RY]

rig 'dzin brda'i brgyud pa - the symbol lineage of the Vidyadharas [RY]

rig 'dzin pad ma 'byung gnas - Vidyadhara Padmakara. Same as Guru Rinpoche [RY]

rig 'dzin pad ma 'byung gnas - Vidyadhara Padmasambhava [RY]

rig 'dzin bzhi - four Vidyadhara levels which result from mahayoga practice (complete ripening, long life, mahamudra, self-perfection); rnam smin rig 'dzin, tshe la dbang ba'i rig 'dzin, phyag rgya chen po'i rig 'dzin, lhun gyis grub pa'i rig 'dzin [JV]

rig 'dzin rol pa rtsa ba'i rgyud - Vidyadhara Display Root Tantra. Tantra belonging to the Sadhana Section of Mahayoga [RY]

rig 'dzin srog sgrub - Attainment of the Vidyadhara Life" teachings by Lhatsün Namkhai Jigmey [RY]

rin chen gter mdzod - + chen mo - Rinchen Terdzö. 'The Great Treasury of Precious Termas,' a collection of the most important revealed termas of Padmasambhava, Vimalamitra, Vairochana and their closest disciples, gathered by Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thaye with the help of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. Published in 63 volumes by His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, New Delhi, India, with the addition of several more volumes of termas and commentaries. Khakyab Dorje, the 15th Karmapa, described it is these words: "The great Treasury of Precious Termas is the quintessence of the ocean-like teachings of the sugatas (buddhas), the profound Vidyadhara Pitaka of the Early Translation School." One of the Five Treasuries of Jamgön Kongtrül containing 63 volumes of terma teachings [RY]

las kyi dbang mo - Leykyi Wangmo, Skt. Karma Indranila, Karmeshvari. The dakini who transmitted the Eight Sadhana Teachings to the Eight Vidyadharas and later the Assemblage of Sugatas to Padmasambhava. See also 'Kungamo.' [RY]

sa la gnas pa'i rig 'dzin - the Vidyadhara established in the stages / bhumis [RY]

lha'i zla ba - Rombuguhya Devachandra. One of the Eight Vidyadharas, receiver of the transmission of Mundane Worship born in Uddiyana [RY]

lhun gyi grub pa'i rig 'dzin - Vidyadhara of spontaneous presence, awareness holder of spontaneous presence GD [IW]

lhun gyis grub pa'i rig 'dzin - the vidyadhara level of spontaneous perfection. the spontaneously arisen / perfect vidyadhara; Vidyadhara of Spontaneous Accomplishment, spontaneously accomplished holder of intrinsic awareness [RY]

lhun gyis grub pa'i rig 'dzin - Vidyadhara level of self-perfection [JV]

lhun gyis grub pa'i rig 'dzin - Vidyadhara level of spontaneous perfection. The fourth of the four vidyadhara levels. Corresponds to buddhahood, the path beyond training. The final fruition and state of a vajra holder endowed with the spontaneously perfected five kayas: dharmakaya, sambhogakaya, nirmanakaya, vajrakaya, and abhisambodhikaya [RY]

lhun grub rig 'dzin - vidyadhara level of Spontaneous Presence; Vidyadhara of spontaneous presence, awareness holder of spontaneous presence [RY]

lhun grub rig 'dzin - Vidyadhara/ awareness holder of spontaneous presence [IW]

lhun grub rig 'dzin gyi sa - Vidyadhara level of spontaneous presence. One of the stages during the bardo of dharmata [RY]