Nyingmapa, aka: Nyingma Pa; 2 Definition(s)
Nyingmapa means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.
Tibetan Buddhism (Vajrayana or tantric Buddhism)
The Nyingmapa, a Red Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism, incorporate local religious practices and local deities and elements of shamanism, which is shared with Bon. The group particularly believes in hidden terma treasures. Traditionally, Nyingmapa practice was advanced orally among a loose network of lay practitioners. Monasteries with celibate monks and nuns, along with the practice of reincarnated spiritual leaders are later adaptations.
Historically, Nyingmapa are categorised into Red Sangha and White Sangha. Red Sangha denotes a celibate, monastic practitioner; whereas White Sangha denotes a non-celibate practitioner who abstains from vows of celibacy. At different times in one's life, due to changing circumstances and proclivities, individuals historically moved between these two Sanghas. Rarely was either determination of Red or White for the duration of one's life.Source: WikiPedia: Tibetan Buddhism
Tibetan Buddhism includes schools such as Nyingma, Kadampa, Kagyu and Gelug. Their primary canon of literature is divided in two broad categories: The Kangyur, which consists of Buddha’s words, and the Tengyur, which includes commentaries from various sources. Esotericism and tantra techniques (vajrayāna) are collected indepently.
General definition (in Buddhism)
Nyingma (rnying-ma), Tib., lit. “School of the Ancients”; one of the four principal schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The school brings together the oldest Buddhist traditions of Tibet, which were brought to the country from India by Padmasambhava and the monks Vimalamitra and Vairochana in the 8th century. Since the 15th century there has existed an independent collection of these teachings, which, however, is not included in the official Tibetan canon. The Nyingmapas consider dzogchen to be the supreme doctrine; the systematization of the dzogchen teaching by Lonchenpa and his commentary on it are considered authoritative.Source: Shambala Publications: General
Search found 3 books and stories containing Nyingmapa, Nyingma Pa; (plurals include: Nyingmapas, Nyingma Pas). You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:
The Way of the White Clouds (by Anāgarika Lāma Govinda)
Chapter 53 - Final Initiations < [Part 4 - Return to Western Tibet]
Chapter 34 - The Two Siddhas of Tsé-Chöling < [Part 3 - Death and Rebirth]
Chapter 37 - The State Oracle of Nāchung < [Part 3 - Death and Rebirth]
Bodhisattvacharyavatara (by Andreas Kretschmar)
Text Section 117 < [Khenpo Chöga’s Oral Explanations]
Text Section 100 < [Khenpo Chöga’s Oral Explanations]
Chenian Short Lectures in America (by Yogi C. M. Chen)