Why in news : Recently, the Nyingma sect has identified a boy from Spiti in Himachal Pradesh as the reincarnation of the late Taklung Setrung Rinpoche, a scholar known for his knowledge of Tibetan Tantric school.
Facts about the sect :
- Nyingma(literally ‘old school’) is the oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
- Taklung Setrung Rinpoche was a profound scholar renowned for his expertise in Tibetan Tantric school. In some issues, he was even consulted by the Dalai Lama.
Statue of Padmasambhava, in Bhutan, a founder of the Nyingma school
- Nyingma teachings include a distinctive classification of Buddhist vehicles to liberation, called the nine vehicles.
- The Nyingma school also has an important tradition of discovering and revealing “hidden treasure texts” called Termas.
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