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[[Image:Minling Terchen.JPG|frame|[[Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorje]] brought together the Rong and Kham lineages of Kama]]
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'''Kama''' ([[Wyl.]] ''bka' ma'') means ”the words of the Buddha". In general, it refers to all the teachings given by the [[Buddha]], in the form of Buddha [[Shakyamuni]], but also [[Samantabhadra]], [[Vajradhara]] and so on, and that have transmitted orally from master to student from the buddha to the present day.  
The '''Nyingma Kama''' (Tib. རྙིང་མ་[[བཀའ་མ་]], [[Wyl.]] ''rnying ma bka' ma''), the Oral Transmission Lineage of the [[Nyingma]], together with the [[Terma]] lineage, are the two modes of transmission of the [[Sutrayana]] and [[Vajrayana]] teachings of the Nyingma School.
 
  
[[Sogyal Rinpoche]] writes:
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All Buddhist traditions transmit the teachings of the words of the Buddha orally, from teacher to student. However, teachings of the [[Nyingma]] tradition of Tibet, principally, are also transmitted in a more direct way called [[terma]] that mostly originated, but not exclusively, with [[Guru Rinpoche]], the ‘second buddha’.  
 
 
:"The Kama, or canonical teachings, have been transmitted in an unbroken lineage from the primordial Buddha [[Samantabhadra]] down to the present day. Earlier on they were maintained in Tibet by [[Padmasambhava]]’s disciples [[Nyak Jñanakumara]] and [[Nupchen Sangyé Yeshé]], and later (from the eleventh century onwards) by the masters of the Zur family. There developed two Kama lineages in Tibet, the Rong lineage of Central Tibet and the Kham lineage of Eastern Tibet, which were brought together by [[Terdak Lingpa]] (1646–1714) in the late seventeenth century. The Kama teachings collected by Terdak Lingpa and his brother [[Lochen Dharmashri]] (1654–1717/8) were later expanded in the monasteries of [[Dzogchen monastery|Dzogchen]] and [[Palyul]], and finally published in forty volumes by Kyabjé [[Dudjom Rinpoche]]."<ref>Sogyal Rinpoche, ''[[Dzogchen and Padmasambhava]]'', Rigpa Fellowship, page 73.</ref>
 
 
 
==Alternative Translations==
 
*canonical lineage
 
 
 
==Notes==
 
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==Further Reading==
 
*[[Nyoshul Khenpo]], ''A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage'' (Junction City: Padma Publications, 2005), 'Kama, the Historical Transmissions: The Categories of Mind and Expanse', pages 49-55.
 
*[[Dudjom Rinpoche]], ''The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism'' (Boston: Wisdom, revised edition 2002), 'Part Five: The Distant Lineage of Transmitted Precepts', pages 599-739.
 
*[[Tulku Thondup]], ''Hidden Teachings of Tibet'' (Boston: Wisdom, reprint edition 1997), 'Appendix 4: Categories of Texts in the Collection of Canonical Literature'.
 
 
 
==Internal Links==
 
*[[Three lineages of transmission]]
 
 
 
==External Links==
 
*[http://blog.tbrc.org/?p=624 The Nyingma Kama Collections at TBRC Blog]
 
  
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Therefore, the Nyingmapa tradition speaks of the kama and terma as the two main sets of teachings. Their kama teachings have been gathered in the [[Nyingma Kama]] collection, and the termas in the [[Treasury of Precious Termas]].
  
 
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Revision as of 09:59, 23 March 2016

Kama (Wyl. bka' ma) means ”the words of the Buddha". In general, it refers to all the teachings given by the Buddha, in the form of Buddha Shakyamuni, but also Samantabhadra, Vajradhara and so on, and that have transmitted orally from master to student from the buddha to the present day.

All Buddhist traditions transmit the teachings of the words of the Buddha orally, from teacher to student. However, teachings of the Nyingma tradition of Tibet, principally, are also transmitted in a more direct way called terma that mostly originated, but not exclusively, with Guru Rinpoche, the ‘second buddha’.

Therefore, the Nyingmapa tradition speaks of the kama and terma as the two main sets of teachings. Their kama teachings have been gathered in the Nyingma Kama collection, and the termas in the Treasury of Precious Termas.