Tapihritsa was the 25th master in an orally transmitted lineage, known as the Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyü, who transmitted dzogchen pith instructions on the nature of mind. All of these masters attained the rainbow body, or body of light, meaning that upon their passing, the physical body disappeared from sight, leaving no trace other than hair and fingernails. After achieving the rainbow body, Tapihritsa later appeared as a young boy to offer guidance and teachings to Nangzher Löpo. He allowed his student to write down the core teachings for the benefit of future generations. Tapihritsa is often held as the central image of refuge in the practice of Lamai Naljor, or Guru Yoga.