Pure vision

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Pure vision or visionary revelations (Tib. དག་སྣང་, dak nang; Wyl. dag snang)[1] are teachings received by masters directly from deities or gurus, in experiences or in dreams. More specifically, in the Nyingma tradition, pure vision teachings are one of the three main transmissions (Wyl. babs so), as well as one of the seven authoritative transmissions (Tib. བཀའ་བབས་བདུན་, Wyl. bka' babs bdun) received by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa.

Tulku Thondup Rinpoche writes:

Another type of terma in the Nyingma tradition is Pure Vision teachings, although all Pure Vision Teachings are not necessarily Nyingma termas. Teachings received in pure visions from deities and masters, for example, are not Nyingma termas, whereas those concealed through Mind-mandate Transmission in the essential nature of the minds of disciples and then awakened by pure vision are termas.[2]

Examples of pure vision termas are:


  1. The Tibetan term 'dak nang' also refers to the pure perception principle of Vajrayana.
  2. Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, Hidden Teachings of Tibet (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1986), pages 61-62.