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Vimala is a non-profit organization devoted to propagating the sacred tradition of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism and the ancient Nyingma Lineage through the production and distribution of written texts, photographs, and audio-visual materials with the motivation to benefit all beings.

The name Vimala was chosen by the Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche. Vimala is a Sanskrit word meaning "stainless"; its Tibetan translation is dri med. Its connection with the widely revered and beloved Indian master Vimalamitra (dri med she nyen in Tibetan) is also particularly auspicious.

To serve our purpose of disseminating the Buddha's stainless teachings, Vimala is pleased to offer a wide collection of practices, teachings, and supports for practice which we hope will accommodate the needs of both new and advanced Dharma students.  Our archives include teachings that date back more than thirty years, and they constantly grow as materials are added.  All proceeds from the distribution of these materials support the continuation of this archival process.

We also offer a wealth of teachings and practice support materials on our Free Downloads page.  Check it out and enjoy!  This is our gift to you, dear Vimala supporters, and is a central part of fulfilling our non-profit mission and purpose.

Whether maintaining this precious collection or producing new materials, nearly all of Vimala's activities occur through the kindness of our volunteers and donors. If you would like to make a donation or have an interest in becoming a Vimala volunteer please contact us.

Mirror of Wisdom and Vimala

When Mirror of Wisdom moved its headquarters from California to Oregon in 2006, those who were involved gradually realized that this was not merely a re-locating of Mirror of Wisdom, but the start of something new. Rather than continuing on as Mirror of Wisdom, with the move to a new home and the handing over of operations to a new set of volunteers, exploration of new production methods and Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche's suggestion of new goals, it seemed more accurate to establish an entirely new organization. The name 'Vimala' was chosen by the Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche, who has been very supportive of its creation, and Mirror of Wisdom as a corporation has since been dissolved.

Vimala now serves all of the functions Mirror of Wisdom previously performed--in short, caring for the archives and making their precious treasures available (which is why we've named our website "Vimala Treasures"). We also have plans to expand our activities in areas suggested by Venerable Gyatrul Rinpoche, such as increasing production of perfectbound books and digitizing the archives, and exploring possibilities such as making the photographic collection available as high-quality giclee prints, and so forth. 

Thank you for your interest, and we at Vimala look forward to supporting your study and practice of dharma in whatever way we can--please enjoy browsing our website, and don't hesitate to contact us with any questions (or suggestions) that might arise!

Vimala finds its home at Tashi Choling Center for Buddhist Studies, located in the mountains near Ashland, Oregon.

Check out past newsletters, packed with teachings from Gyatrul Rinpoche and news about the sangha. 


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