March 03, 2013


Vimalamitra (Dri-med-bshes-gnyen)

§1. gNubs-chen mentions (bSam gtan mig sgron, p. 9): bi ma la’i klong ’grel. Cf. p. 456. An early reference to the name Vimalamitra and a commentary attributed to him. Perhaps the commentary mentioned in Martin 2001: 37? Cf. Karmay 2007: 97, n. 69.

§2. Rong-zom-pa, in his commentary on the *Guhyagarbhatantra, also alludes to a certain work called the ’Chi kha ma’i man ngag by Ācārya Vimalamitra. See the dKon mchog ’grel (p. 195). According to him the work deals with utpattikramautpannakrama, and rDzogs-chen (i.e. bskyed rdzogs rnam pa gsum) practices based on energy-winds (dbugs) and energy-channels (rtsa), that is, dealing with the so-called thabs lam practices.

§3. Also see Almogi 2009: 248 (“The Materiality and Immanence of Gnosis in Some rNying-ma Tantric Sources”). At least three works attributed to Vimalamitra have been used there: gSang thig(s) and its commentary and Prajñāpraveśa.

§4. Of course, for more information, see Martin 2011 (i.e. Tibskrit): s.v. Vimalamitra (Dri med bshes gnyen, Bi ma la mi tra).

§5. gNubs-chen, bSam gtan mig sgron (pp. 277).

§6. Usually in Tibetan sources, Śāntarakṣita is said to have foretold philosophical dissensus in Tibet and recommended to invite Kamalaśīla to resolve it. There is no mention of he having recommended to invite Vimalamitra. According to the bKa’ thang sde lnga (p. 450), however, Śāntarakṣita recommended that Kamalaśīla and Vimalamitra be invited to Tibet.

§7. One Vimalamitra is listed in the list of paṇḍitas in the bKa’ thang sde lnga (p. 402). See also ibid. (pp. 120, 125–126, 128, 129, 482).

§8. Nyang-ral (revealed), gSang sngags lung gi bang mdzod (p. 113): Vimalamitra!

§9. Nyang ral chos ’byung (p. 492): rdzogs chen bla med; bram ze’i lugs


  1. That's his commentary on the Klong-drug scripture, is it?

  2. I don’t know yet. We should check. :-)