Published on: November 25, 2022

The Nyingma sect

The Nyingma sect

Why in news?

Buddhist sect finds ‘reincarnation’ of famous Taklung Setrung Rinpoche, a scholar known for his knowledge of Tibetan Tantric school from spiti valley


  • Discovery from Spiti with its cultural connection with Tibet was indicative of the contest over iconic Buddhist figures in the Himalayan ranges

About Nyingma sect

  • It is the oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism
  • The school is founded on the first lineages and translations of Buddhist scriptures from Sanskrit into Tibetan in the eighth century,
  • It was founded during the reign of King Trisong Detsen
  • Teachings to trace back to the first Buddha Samantabhadra and Indian mahasiddhas such as Garab Dorje, Sri Siṃha and Jnanasutra.
  • First monastery : Samye, Tibet.
  • Ngagpas: Teachings having been passed down through networks of lay practitioners
  • Termas: Important tradition of discovering and revealing “hidden treasure texts”

Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche

  • He was a Tibetan lama and the Supreme Head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Received the highest Dzogchen(Finding the ultimate ground of existence) teachings
  • Direct disciple of Khenpo Ngakchung.