Vima Nyingtik

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Vima Nyingthig or "Vimalamitra's Seminal Heart" (Tibetan: བི་མ་སྙིང་ཐིག་; Wylie: bi ma snying thig) is a practice lineage of Mantrayana. It is one of the nyingthig or seminal heart (Tibetan: སྙིང་ཐིགWylie: snying thig) teachings of the Mennagde cycle of Dzogchen and was codified and collated by Longchenpa (1308–1364?) in the fourteenth century. The Mennagde all convey teachings and practices on Trekcho in a largely comparable manner but it is in their presentation of Togal that they greatly differ.

The Vima Nyingtik itself consists of tantras (rgyud), agamas (lung), and upadeshas (man ngag).[1] The tantras here refer to the Seventeen Tantras. Namkhai(1991) & Vajranatha (1996: p. 18) hold that agamas that pertain to the Vima Nyingtik were compiled by Vimalamitra (fl. 8th century) and are known as the "five series" (W: sde tshan lnga), are the "Golden Letters" (W: gser yig can), the "Turquoise Letters" (W: gyu yig can), the "Copper Letters" (W: zangs yig can), the "Conch Shell Letters" (dung yig can) and the "Variagated Letters" (phra yig can).[2] The upadeshas of the Vima Nyingtik refer to 119 treatises of pith advice.

The Vima Nyingthig is founded principally on the "Seventeen Tantras" and the "Troma Tantra".[3]

The Vima Nyingthig denotes the teachings both for and of the scholars or pandita (Tibetan: རྒྱ་ཆའེ་བWylie: rgya ch'e ba), brought to Tibet by Vimalamitra.[3]

Troma Tantra[edit]

The "Troma Tantra" or the "Ngagsung Tromay Tantra" otherwise known as the "Ekajaṭĭ Khros Ma'i rGyud" focuses on rites of the protector, Ekajati.[4]

Seventeen tantras[edit]

The "Seventeen tantras of the esoteric instruction cycle" (Tibetan: མན་ངག་སྡེའི་རྒྱུད་བཅུ་བདུནWylie: man ngag sde'i rgyud bcu bdun ) which are supports for the Vima Nyingthig are as follows (in no particular order):

  1. "Self-existing Perfection" (Tibetan: རྫོགས་པ་རང་བྱུངWylie: rdzogs pa rang byung)
  2. "Without Letters" (Tibetan: ཡི་གེ་མེད་པWylie: yi ge med pa)
  3. "Self-arising Primordial Awareness" (Tibetan: རིག་པ་རང་ཤརWylie: rig pa rang shar)
  4. "Self-liberated Primordial Awareness" (Tibetan: རིག་པ་རང་གྲོལWylie: rig pa rang grol)
  5. "Piled Gems" (Tibetan: རིན་པོ་ཆེ་སྤུང་བWylie: rin po che spung ba)
  6. "Shining Relics of Enlightened Body" (Tibetan: སྐུ་གདུང་འབར་བWylie: sku gdung 'bar ba)
  7. "Reverberation of Sound" (Tibetan: སྒྲ་ཐལ་འགྱུརWylie: sgra thal 'gyur)
  8. "Great Auspicious Beauty" (Tibetan: བཀྲ་ཤིས་མཛེས་ལྡནWylie: bkra shis mdzes ldan)
  9. "The Mirror of the Heart of Vajrasattva" (Tibetan: རྡོ་རྗེ་སེམས་དཔའ་སྙིང་གི་མེ་ལོངWylie: rdo rje sems dpa' snying gi me long)
  10. "The Mirror of the Mind of Samantabhadra" (Tibetan: ཀུན་ཏུ་བཟང་པོ་ཐུགས་ཀྱི་མེ་ལོངWylie: kun tu bzang po thugs kyi me long)
  11. "Direct Introduction" (Tibetan: ངོ་སྤྲོད་སྤྲས་པWylie: ngo sprod spras pa)
  12. "Necklace of Precious Pearls" (Tibetan: མུ་ཏིག་རིན་པོ་ཆེའི་ཕྲེང་བWylie: mu tig rin po che'i phreng ba)
  13. "Sixfold Expanse of Samantabhadra" (Tibetan: ཀུན་ཏུ་བཟང་པོ་ཀློང་དྲུགWylie: kun tu bzang po klong drug)
  14. "Blazing Lamp" (Tibetan: སྒྲོན་མ་འབར་བWylie: sgron ma 'bar ba)
  15. "Union of the Sun and Moon" (Tibetan: ཉི་ཟླ་ཁ་སྦྱོརWylie: nyi zla kha sbyor)
  16. "Lion's Perfect Expressive Power" (Tibetan: སེང་གེ་རྩལ་རྫོགསWylie: seng ge rtsal rdzogs)
  17. "Array of Jewels" (Tibetan: ནོར་བུ་ཕྲ་བཀོདWylie: nor bu phra bkod)

These Seventeen Tantras are to be found in the Canon of the Ancient School, the Nyingma Gyubum (Tibetan: རྙིང་མ་རྒྱུད་འབུམWylie: rnying ma rgyud 'bum), volumes 9 and 10, folio numbers 143–159 of the edition edited by Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche commonly known as Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (Thimpu, Bhutan, 1973), reproduced from the manuscript preserved at Tingkye Gonpa Jang (Tibetan: གཏིང་སྐྱེས་དགོན་པ་བྱངWylie: gting skyes dgon pa byang) Monastery in Tibet.


Kumaradza was a senior disciple of Melong Dorje (1243–1303). Kumaradza studied with the grand master Orgyenpa (1230–1309), who conveyed teachings of "Vimalamitra's Seminal Heart" (Tibetan: བི་མ་སྙིང་ཐིག་; Wylie: bi ma snying thig) upon him.

Testaments of the knowledge-holders[edit]

"The Posthumous Teachings of the Vidyadhara" (Tibetan: རིག་འཛིན་གྱི་འདས་རྗེསWylie: rig 'dzin gyi 'das-rjes) are found in the Vima Nyingtik. These are the last testaments of the early vidyadharas: Garab Dorje, Manjushrimitra, Shri Singha and Jnanasutra. These testaments are post-humous as they were delivered by the vidhyadhara to their senior disciple from within a thigle of the Five Pure Lights in their Rainbow Body of Light. In this tradition, the thigle is understood to be comparable to a pure dimension or mandala. These were first compiled by Vimalamitra in his five series (which consisted of the series of: Golden Letters, Copper Letters, Variegated Letters, Conch Shell Letters and Turquoise Letters). These posthumous teaching belong to the series of the "Golden Letters" (Tibetan: གསེར་ཡིག་ཅནWylie: gser yig can).

Last testament of Garab Dorje[edit]

"The Three Statement That Strike the Essential Points" or "The Three Vajra Verses" (Tibetan: ཚིག་གསུམ་གནད་དུ་བརྡེག་པWylie: tshig gsum gnad du brdeg pa)

Last testament of Manjushrimitra[edit]

"The Six Meditation Experiences" (Tibetan: སྒོམ་ཉམས་དྲུག་པWylie: sgom nyams drug pa)

Last testament of Shri Singha[edit]

"The Seven Nails" (Tibetan: གཟེར་བུ་བདུན་པWylie: gzer bu bdun pa)

Last testament of Jnanasutra[edit]

"The Four Methods of Establishing Absorption" (Tibetan: བཞགས་ཐབས་བཞི་པWylie: bzhags thabs bzhi pa)

Vima Nyingtik: Fourth Volume[edit]

The Eleven Themes[edit]

Scheidegger (2009: p. 43) in a recent work discusses the first four of "The Eleven Themes" (Tibetan: ཚིག་དོན་བཅུ་གཅིག་པWylie: tshig don bcu gcig pa) a work composed by Longchenpa contained in the fourth volume of the Vima Nyingtik.[5]


  1. ^ Rigpa Shedra (August, 2009). "Vima Nyingtik". Source: [1] (accessed: Saturday October 17, 2009)
  2. ^ Namkhai, Norbu (1991, author) & Vajranatha (1996, translator). "Forward" in Vajranatha (1996). The Golden Letters. First Edition. Ithaca, New York, USA: Snow Lion Publications. ISBN 1-55939-050-6, p.18
  3. ^ a b Thondup, Tulku & Harold Talbott (Editor)(1996). Masters of Meditation and Miracles: Lives of the Great Buddhist Masters of India and Tibet. Boston, Massachusetts, USA: Shambhala, South Asia Editions. ISBN 1-57062-113-6 (alk. paper); ISBN 1-56957-134-1, p.33
  4. ^ Thondup, Tulku & Harold Talbott (Editor)(1996). Masters of Meditation and Miracles: Lives of the Great Buddhist Masters of India and Tibet. Boston, Massachusetts, USA: Shambhala, South Asia Editions. ISBN 1-57062-113-6 (alk. paper); ISBN 1-56957-134-1, p.362
  5. ^ Scheidegger, Daniel (2009). "The First Four Themes of Klong chen pa's Tsig don bcu gcig pa". Achard, Jean-Luke (director) (2009). Revue d'Etudes Tibetaines. April 2009. Source: [2] (accessed: Saturday October 31, 2009)