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The painting of Lama Chimed by Tara's longtime friend, Joyce Birkenstock.jpg


Tara was a practicioner of the Nyingma (literally 'old school') of Tibetan Buddhism. It is the oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. It is also often referred to as Ngangyur, "order of the ancient translations". The Nyingma school is founded on the first lineages and translations of Buddhist scriptures from Sanskrit into Tibetan in the eighth century, during the reign of King Trisong Detsen.

Nyingma traditional histories consider their teachings to trace back to the first Buddha Samantabhadra (Güntu Sangpo) and Indian mahasiddhas such as Garab Dorjé, Śrī Siṃha and Jñānasūtra.


Traditional sources trace the origin of the Nyingma order in Tibet to figures associated with the initial introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century, such as Padmasambhava, Yeshe Tsogyal, Vimalamitra, Vairotsana, Buddhaguhya and Shantaraksita.


The Nyingma tradition is also seen having been founded at Samyé, the first monastery in Tibet. 

Lama Chimed Namgyal was her beloved teacher and Tara was his caretaker for a time.

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