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Dzigar Kongtrul is originally an Kagyupa. You already mentioned Dudjom Rinpoche and Sogyal Rinpoche above. Why not mention Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche here?


Eequor - Why did you removed the Category:Buddhism link? Csbodine 21:38, 7 February 2006 (UTC)

Year origin Nyingma[edit]

The year of origin in the document was 817 which can't be correct, however I can't find an exact date so it's now around 760, because the lower limit is 755, the year Trisong Detsen became King, and the upper limit is 767, because Padmasambhava's monastry is known to exist in that year. If somebody knows a more correct year, please feel free to change the document. KittenKlub 12:52, 14 August 2006 (UTC)

By what source is Padmasambhava's monastery known to exist in 767?—Nat Krause(Talk!) 01:26, 16 August 2006 (UTC)

List of teachers[edit]

I have removed Khenpo Choga's name from this list because obviously this list is made up of the most famous teachers, and public figures like Khyentse Norbu. Nothing against Khenpo Choga, but not in one line with the great masters, please. Would you agree? Menmo 15:35, 21 October 2006 (UTC)

Tantric system[edit]

This entry starts with "The structure of tantric teachings of Nyingma is significant aside from the terma-tradition." Could anybody explain what this is to mean? Menmo 19:43, 27 October 2006 (UTC)

'elementally encoded'[edit]

While I think I understand the gist of what B9 meant, this terminology is to the best of my knowledge not standard (and if it is, cite it) and does not serve the interest of clarity, particularly to the non-specialist. Zero sharp 05:12, 7 August 2007 (UTC)

I agree. This editor has been making cryptically worded changes to a number of articles. GlassFET 16:46, 7 August 2007 (UTC)

Is oral transmission or oral linage a cult or truely authentic....???[edit]

I just bring this issue for an open discussion, as it is contradicted with the modern day's practice - Good Documenation Practice or GDP.

I myself have encountered several incidents which were related to oral instructions and which have never been reliable to me recently. Since the detailed stories will be embarrassing some senior officials, they will not be revealed here. I believe that I'm not the only person who are experienced these situations.

To me, any oral teachings can only be used as advice but not as authentic teaching materials, unless they have been electronically recorded and the recording devices or recorded materials have been properly validated. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:00, 28 August 2008 (UTC)

In ancient days, although electonic tech was not available, a witnessing practice has not been obsoleted —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:15, 28 August 2008 (UTC)

Finding a written ref would be helpful here. The question itself is loaded duality. Zulu Papa 5 (talk) 14:01, 29 August 2008 (UTC)

100% jargon, 0% wisdom[edit]

For a page that describes a profound philosphy in buddhism, the wiki page should be able to say something besides a string of teachers, jargon with no descriptions, shrines, and all the other meaningless words.

This is a philosophy capable of changing the world. It's more than a string of words. An outsider to Buddhism should be able to approach this philosophy and actually learn something. Give examples. Tell a story. Give a little teaching here for us plebes. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:10, 8 October 2009 (UTC)

Chan influence on the Nyingma is not True[edit]

This totally disputes the notion that there was Chan influence on the Nyingma. (talk) 20:20, 13 November 2010 (UTC)

He disputes Evans-Wentz's assertions, but Evans-Wentz is way out of date anyway, as his convoluted quote reflects. There has been a lot of scholarship done on the subject since 1954. In any case, Vajranatha disputes Evans-Wentz saying that Dzogchen doctrine was influenced by Chinese scholastic Yogacara doctrine, which is a rather different matter than saying Dzogchen practice was influenced by Chan practice.Sylvain1972 (talk) 18:03, 15 November 2010 (UTC)
How about this sentence? And I quote "Except for a brief flirtation with Ch'an in the early days of Buddhism in Tibet in the eighth century, the Tibetans exhibited almost no interest at all in Chinese Buddhism, except for translating a few Sutras from Chinese for which they did not possess Indian originals." Thigle (talk) 19:39, 18 November 2010 (UTC)
That's an overstatement on his part. The more historians learn about it, the more complex the situation is revealed to be. See [1] for starters. There is a lot of interesting stuff there about Chinese-Tibetan interactions.Sylvain1972 (talk) 01:40, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
There is of course the book Dzogchen and Zen by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche (who besides being a Buddhist teacher was previously quite a respected academic Tibetan historian). There is also some evidence from the Dunhuang manuscript collection. And of course Vairotsana stayed in China. Also try to find out about the Dzogchen tradition of Aro Yeshe Jungne who held both Indian and Chinese transmissions of sems-sde teachings. Other than these things the influences were perhaps not all that great - but they certainly existed. One day there may be some surprises - back in 1974 my own teacher Khunnu Rinpoche told me that there was a Dzogchen tradition still extant in India and that he had translated for some Indian followers of this tradition when he was in Kham. However you will not find any scholar who has ever mentioned this, so we can not say anything about it in Wikipedia. Chris Fynn (talk) 20:23, 11 November 2014 (UTC)

my edits[edit]

  • draft for the list of 6 main monasteries. pending feedback from others.

Text existing at the time of writing of the draft:

Six mother monasteries[edit]

Tradition has held that there are six monasteries known as "mother monasteries" of the Nyingma lineage, although there have been slightly different formulations of the six. At one time they included Dorje Drak, Mindrolling monastery and Palri monastery in Upper Tibet; and Kathok, Palyul and Dzogchen monasteries in Lower Tibet. After the decline of Chongye Palri Thegchog Ling monastery and the flourishing of Shechen, the mother monasteries became Dorje Drak and Mindrolling in the upper region, Shechen and Dzogchen in the center, and Kathok and Palyul in the lower part of Tibet. Dodrubchen is often substituted for Kathok in the list. Out of these "main seats of the Nyingma" developed a large number of Nyingma monasteries throughout Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal.

Also of great importance to the Nyingma lineage is Samye, the first Tibetan monastery, founded by Shantarakshita.

My comments: As it is a list that is not constrained by number really, it just happened that the "six" monasteries were very prominent, it would make sense to list current six, then mention other important monasteries in addition. Regions also are not really named well. As well as names them selves can be longer. Names of founders can also be mentioned.

The Six Principal "Mother" Monasteries upholding great many traditions within the Nyingmapa transmission and have largest number of branch monasteries.

Other Important Monasteries:

(a general outline, not finished)

Sherabgyatso (talk) 07:26, 22 March 2011 (UTC)

Those six "mother monasteries" are so-called because each had numerous child branches - and in some cases some of the children grew bigger than the mother and had many branches of their own (e.g. Palyul and Tarthang). BTW Palyul was founded earlier but originally belonged to a small Kagyu subsect and only became Nyingma at the time of Rikzin Kunzang Sherab (17th C) but still retained the old Kagyu lineage as well. OTOH Samye became converted to a Sakya monastery. There were of course many religiously significant monasteries preserving various important Nyingma traditions - but none of these had anything like the number of branches of the six mother monasteries - which of course does not imply that they were unimportant. Chris Fynn (talk) 20:41, 11 November 2014 (UTC)

Great Chris Fynn (talk) ! Thank you for the input. Great write up, it looks like I have put it here for update and a couple of years later you talked back. Now maybe it is time to write it into a section and publish it! I like mother / child wording a lot. Sherabgyatso (talk) 20:15, 12 May 2016 (UTC)

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[2] Zulu Papa 5 * (talk) 01:56, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

I have no idea what this means. Ogress 03:31, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
Myth OR for VG [3] Zulu Papa 5 * (talk) 03:53, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
I STILL HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THAT MEANS. We talk on the talk page, not utter single syllables. Ogress 03:57, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
Who puts comments in when removing content? Zulu Papa 5 * (talk) 04:14, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
ZP what u no.VictoriaGraysonTalk 04:20, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks VG, I no see your edit comments supporting a valid removal. Please now correct yourself. Zulu Papa 5 * (talk) 14:11, 8 September 2015 (UTC)
Why do you keep inserting Jigme Lingpa and Longchen Nyingthig? There is nothing special about this late terma.VictoriaGraysonTalk 02:06, 9 September 2015 (UTC)
What sources say ... "nothing special"? Google scholar comes up with 81 [4] specifically spelled results. It's probably the most internationally translated cycle by Amazon rankings. Why wouldn't you give it weight? Zulu Papa 5 * (talk) 04:40, 9 September 2015 (UTC)
Jigme Lingpa is a late figure. There is nothing fundamentally new about Longchen Nyingthig.VictoriaGraysonTalk 13:06, 9 September 2015 (UTC)
I see nothing in this, so what's your point? Zulu Papa 5 * (talk) 02:21, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
It is undue to mention him.VictoriaGraysonTalk 02:57, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
Yet another unsupported claim VG, why do you say this? Listen to Ann Carolyn Klein's version. Zulu Papa 5 * (talk) 14:34, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
Heart essence remains a living tradition, Jigme Lingpa incarnated in Adzome Rinpoche made the famous text into a condensed audio CD version. [5] Zulu Papa 5 * (talk) 14:45, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
There are countless living terma traditions. There is nothing special about Longchen Nyingthig.VictoriaGraysonTalk 19:49, 10 September 2015 (UTC)
Please, then do nothing about it, except of course [blank]. Zulu Papa 5 * (talk) 04:49, 12 September 2015 (UTC)

[6] unexplained revert. Please re-revert. The article can be improved with the most widespread terton/terma Jigme Lingpa content. Zulu Papa 5 * (talk) 05:19, 19 September 2015 (UTC)