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Along with Trisong Detsen and Shantarakshita, Padmasambhava is considered one of the principal early teachers to bring Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century, Padmasambhava has numerous forms representing outer, inner and secret aspects of his spiritual being. He is also known by many different names which generally follow chronologically his life story. Aside from Trisong Detsen and Shantarakshita, the most important figures to interact with Padmasambhava were his principle Tibetan consort Yeshe Tsogyal and the principal Twenty-five Disciples. There are various Padmasambhava Number Sets which help to organize the important topics and essential subjects of his life and chronological sequence of important events, along with grouping the various sub-sets of important disciples. An 18th century curiosity is the inclusion of Padmasambhava as one of the pre-incarnations in the line of Panchen Lamas.

Concerning the life story of Padmasambhava there are at least four different versions of his birth and early childhood. Within the Oral (Kama) Tradition of the Nyingma School, Padmasambhava was born in Northern India as the son of a king, or minister. In the Revealed Treasure (Terma) Tradition he was born on a lotus in Dhanakosha lake, in the country of Oddiyana, as an emanation of Lokeshvara and the Buddha Amitabha. The Treasure King, Dorje Lingpa, revealed a number of Buddhist and Bon treasure texts where the Bon explain a completely different narrative of the life story and have Padmasambhava born in Tibet. There is also some evidence to suggest that Padmasambhava came from South India and that he was the brother-in-law of the Indian Abbott Shantarakshita, founder of Samye, the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet. (Source Accessed Jan 21, 2020)

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  • གུ་རུ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་ · other names (Tibetan)
  • ཨོ་རྒྱན་ཆེན་པོ་ · other names (Tibetan)
  • ཨོ་རྒྱན་གྱི་སློབ་དཔོན་ · other names (Tibetan)
  • བློ་ལྡན་མཆོག་སྲེད་ · other names (Tibetan)
  • གུ་རུ་ཉི་མ་འོད་ཟེར་ · other names (Tibetan)
  • གུ་རུ་ཤཱཀྱ་སེང་གེ་ · other names (Tibetan)
  • གུ་རུ་སེང་གེ་སྒྲ་སྒྲོག་ · other names (Tibetan)
  • gu ru rin po che · other names (Wylie)
  • o rgyan chen po · other names (Wylie)
  • o rgyan gyi slob dpon · other names (Wylie)
  • blo ldan mchog sred · other names (Wylie)
  • gu ru nyi ma 'od zer · other names (Wylie)
  • gu ru shAkya seng ge · other names (Wylie)
  • gu ru seng ge sgra sgrog · other names (Wylie)

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  • Śrīsiṃha · teacher
  • Prabhahasti · teacher
  • Hūṃkāra · teacher
  • Dhanasaṃskṛta · teacher
  • Khri srong lde'u btsan · student
  • Gnubs chen sangs rgyas ye shes · student
  • Nam mkha'i snying po · student
  • Rgyal ba mchog dbyangs · student
  • Gnyags dz+nyA na ku mA ra · student
  • Ye shes mtsho rgyal · student
  • 'brog mi dpal gyi ye shes · student
  • Rlangs dpal gyi seng+ge · student
  • Bai ro tsa na · student
  • G.yu sgra snying po · student
  • Sna nam rdo rje bdud 'joms · student
  • Sog po dpal gyi ye shes · student
  • Ye shes dbyangs · student
  • Ldan ma rtse mang · student
  • Mkhar chen dpal gyi dbang phyug · student
  • Ye shes sde · student
  • Ska ba dpal brtsegs · student
  • Shud bu dpal gyi seng ge · student
  • Rgyal ba'i blo gros · student
  • Dran pa nam mkha' · student
  • Khye'u chung lo tsA ba · student
  • 'o bran dpal gyi dbang phyug · student
  • Rma rin chen mchog · student
  • Lang gro dkon mchog 'byung gnas · student
  • Lha lung dpal gyi rdo rje · student
  • La gsum rgyal ba byang chub · student
  • Man+dA ra ba · student
  • ShAkya de bI · student
  • Bkra shis khye'u 'dren · student
  • KA la sid+d+hi · student
  • Mu tig btsan po · student
  • Mu khri btsan po · student
  • Mkhon klu'i dbang po · student