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Lama (bla ma; Skt. guru) a spiritual teacher.

The four kinds of teacher (lama nampa shyi)

  1. Gangzak gyüpé lama - the individual teacher who is the holder of the lineage
  2. Gyalwa ka yi lama - the teacher which is the word of the buddhas
  3. Nangwa da yi lama - the symbolic teacher of all appearances
  4. Rigpa dön gyi lama - the absolute teacher, which is rigpa, the true nature of mind