Vimalamitra was an 8th century Indian Buddhist monk who is counted, along with Guru Padmasambhava and Vairocana, as one of the three main progenitors of the Dzogchen lineage in Tibet. A student of Shri Singha, Jnanasutra and Buddhaguhya, after disseminating the teachings of Dzogchen in Tibet he retired to a cave at the holy mountain of Wu Tai Shan in North China and is said to remain there to this day. Vimalamitra’s teachings are primarily contained in the Vima Nyingtik which was compiled by Longchen Rabjam.
While on pilgrimage at Wu Tai Shan, Terton Rinpoche revealed a Guru Yoga practice of Vimalamitra as a Terma (Dharma treasure). These pills were made from many different holy substances, some collected by hand at Wu Tai Shan. They were then blessed through the use of this practice. More than 1.3 million mantras were recited during the consecration process. Like other rilbu (pills) of this type, they may be kept on one’s shrine, worn around the neck for protection, used to bless statues or stupas, extracted in alcohol which can then be imbibed, or eaten. The process of “ingesting blessings” in this way can bring about a reduction of one’s negative karmic patterns, deeper states of meditative absorption and increased insight and should help to remove the obstacles to a long, healthy, prosperous and beneficial life.
The pictures were taken inside of Vimalamitra’s cave at Wu Tai Shan.
Note: Each packet contains three (5) pills.