Vairocana ( Nampar Nangdze Lotsawa; Tib. rnam par lo tsa ba snang mdzad ) was an important translator of Buddhist teachings at the time of the first phase of translation of Buddhist scriptures from Sanskrit into Tibetan in the 8th century and later a great Dzogchen master.
From the first translation period of Tibetan Buddhism ( Vajrayana ) showed the " school of the old translations" ( Nyingma ). Vairocana was among the first seven monks were ordained in Tibet, and he was sent to India to study with the Dzogchen master Sri Singha. He was the Master's pupil and so was not only an important translator and teacher of the Nyingma tradition, but also an important Dzogchen teacher in the Tibetan Bon tradition. Sri Singha Vairocana entrusted with the task of the " Spirit - class " (Tibetan: sems sde ) and the " space class" ( Tib: klong sde ) of the Dzogchen teachings in Tibet. He was next to Padmasambhava and Vimalamitra one of the three masters who introduced the teachings of Dzogchen in Tibet.
The most important students were Vairocanas Yudra Nyingpo, Sangtön Yeshe Lama Sangye Gönpo Pang, Jnana Kumara of Nyag and the noble woman Yeshe Drönma. One of the most famous student was Pang Gen Mipham Gönpo its students over seven generations, the so-called " rainbow body " realized by the oral instruction Dorje Sampa (Tibetan: rdo rje zam pa) who used " Vajra Bridge ". According to the teachings of Dzogchen, the body of a Dzogchen practitioner dissolves in obtaining the rainbow body at the time of death, over a period of seven days away, in a sort of light body. Only hair and nails to as " impure components of the body " remain after the tradition. Tsele Natsok Rangdröl, Ugyen Lingpa Gyurme Dorje Terdag, Jamgon Kongtrul and are considered to be incarnations of Vairocana.