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Virupa(b. 7th century CE - ) 
(bir wa pa), one of the Eighty-four Mahasiddhas of India, was born into a royal family one thousand and twenty years after Lord Buddha entered parinirvana. He took novice monk vows and entered the Nalanda monastery, of which he became abbot later. He perfected his disciples of study and meditation. However, after seventy years of one-pointed tantric practice he had not attained any siddhis of any kind, and actually negative events were happening in his life. He decided he had no connection with the tantric teachings, Vajrayana, and with this state of mind he threw his rosary into the toilet and stopped doing Deity Meditations.

However, the same night Nairatmya manifested for him, and said:

Noble son, do not act in this way. Pick up your rosary, clean it, and take up your practice again. I am the deity which whom you have a karmic connection to, and I will bestow my blessings upon you".

The following evening Nairatmya appeared to him again in her own mandala of fifteen goddesses, and she bestowed upon him the four specific empowerments, and he reached the first bodhisattva bhumi level including the Path of Seeing. On the evening of the twenty-ninth day he became a bodhisattva of the sixth bhumi. The monastic community at Nalanda monastery knew that something strange happened, but they were dubious about the strange behavior of Virupa, and he left the monastery. RYWIKI

4 texts associated with this figure[edit]

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Text People Deity/Cycle/Genre Total pages Folios
(ཆོས་ཀྱི་བློ་གྲོས་བཀའ་འབུམ་, Vol. 2, 713.)
Author: 'jam dbyangs mkhyen brtse chos kyi blo gros
Associated ppl: Virūpa
Genre: Verses of Praise - bstod pa 1 1a1 - 1a5
(མཁྱེན་བརྩེའི་བཀའ་འབུམ་, Vol. 1, 267-269.)
Author: 'jam dbyangs mkhyen brtse'i dbang po
Associated ppl: Virūpa
Genre: Supplications - gsol 'debs 3 105a4 - 106a2
ཨོ་རྒྱན། བི་རཱུ་པ། མི་ལ་གསུམ་ལ་གསོལ་འདེབས་ཤློ་ཀ་རེ་རེ།
(མཁྱེན་བརྩེའི་བཀའ་འབུམ་, Vol. 2, 279-280.)
Author: 'jam dbyangs mkhyen brtse'i dbang po
Associated ppl: pad+ma 'byung gnasVirūpami la ras pa
Genre: Supplications - gsol 'debs 2 111a4 - 111b4
(མཁྱེན་བརྩེའི་བཀའ་འབུམ་, Vol. 11, 66-70.)
Author: 'jam dbyangs mkhyen brtse'i dbang po
Associated ppl: Virūpa
Genre: Mind Training Texts - blo sbyongPith Instructions - man ngag 4 33b3 - 35b2

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