Lama (bla ma; Skt. guru) a spiritual teacher.
The four kinds of teacher (lama nampa shyi)
- Gangzak gyüpé lama - the individual teacher who is the holder of the lineage
- Gyalwa ka yi lama - the teacher which is the word of the buddhas
- Nangwa da yi lama - the symbolic teacher of all appearances
- Rigpa dön gyi lama - the absolute teacher, which is rigpa, the true nature of mind