Four kinds of teacher

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Four kinds of teacher or lama (Tib. lama nampa shyi) —

  1. gangzak gyüpé lama - the individual teacher who is the holder of the lineage
  2. gyalwa ka yi lama - the teacher which is the word of the buddhas
  3. nangwa da yi lama - the symbolic teacher of all appearances
  4. rigpa dön gyi lama - the absolute teacher, which is rigpa, the true nature of mind

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