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Vimalamitra was an 8th-century Indian monk of which little is known. Centuries later he was adopted as a literary character of terma and was attributed various works. One scholar remarks that the historical Vimalamitra "would have been astonished to find himself the focus of such a tradition."
The Vima Nyingthig or "Secret Heart Essence of Vimalamitra" is actually the composition of Zhangton.
- Davidson, Ronald M. Tibetan Renaissance. pg 229. Columbia University Press, 2005.