Nyang Tingdzin Zangpo
Nyang Tingdzin Zangpo was one of the five Tibetan disciples who received the cycle of the Innermost Secret Nyingtik of Dzogpachenpo from Vimalamitra, in strictest secrecy in the room known as Ütsé Barkhang in Samyé. The tradition of Nyingtik which came down from this transmission became known as the Vima Nyingtik. Nyang Tingdzin Zangpo practised these teachings for fifty-five years, totally purifying his mind and attaining ultimate realization. After having built the temple of Shya Lhakhang (Wyl. zhwa lha khang), he hid the texts (the explanatory tantras, Wyl. bshad rgyud) of the Vima Nyingtik in various places of the temple, so that the teachings would remain intact for future generations. He also transmitted the aural lineage (Wyl. snyan rgyud) to Bé Lodrö Wangchuk. Thus, the lineage of the Vima Nyingtik became partly 'hidden' (terma), and partly 'oral' (kama).
- Patrul Rinpoche, The Words of My Perfect Teacher (Boston: Shambhala, revised edition, 1998), p. 342
- See Wellsprings of the Great Perfection, compiled and edited by Erik Pema Kunsang (Boudhanath, Hong King & Esby: Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2006), page 150.
- According to Dudjom Rinpoche's History, he transmitted the oral lineage to Drom Rinchen Bar.
- Dudjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, Its Fundamentals and History, trans. and ed. Gyurme Dorje (Boston: Wisdom, 1991), pages 555-556.
- Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage (Junction City: Padma Publications, 2005), pages 82-83.