Nyingma

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Tibetan School

Nyingma

རྙིང་མ་

Basic Meaning

The Nyingma, which is often described as the oldest tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, traces its origin to Padmasambhava, who is said to have visited Tibet in the eighth century.

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Key Term Nyingma
Topic Variation Nyingma
Tibetan རྙིང་མ་  ( nying ma)
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration rnying ma  ( nying ma)
Term Information
Source Language Tibetan
Basic Meaning The Nyingma, which is often described as the oldest tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, traces its origin to Padmasambhava, who is said to have visited Tibet in the eighth century.
Term Type School
Definitions
Rangjung Yeshe Dictionary Nyingma tradition. Nyingma school. The teachings brought to Tibet and translated mainly during the reign of King Trisong Deutsen and in the subsequent period up to Rinchen Sangpo in the ninth century chiefly by the great masters Padmasambhava, Vimalamitra, Shantarakshita, and Vairochana. The two subsequent main types of transmission are Kama and Terma. Practices are based on both the Outer and Inner Tantras with emphasis on the practice of the Inner Tantras of Mahayoga, Anu Yoga and Ati Yoga. Nyingma school; Nyingma, the Old school, old translation school.