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Terma Transmission Of The Nyingmapa's

Post by sherab zangpo on Fri Oct 30, 2009 3:18 am

I want to open a thread dedicated to the origins and history, the purpose, intent, teachings of the Terma traditions of Tibet. A discussion on the various origins and discoveries of Earth, sky, mind termas, etc, and the Tertons involved in there revelations and propagation.

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Post by LauraJ on Fri Oct 30, 2009 4:11 am

Cool! I will enjoy reading this Very Happy

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Post by Gerry on Fri Oct 30, 2009 4:42 am

"Sadhana of the Medicine Buddha: a Short Root Text Transmitted by HH Dudjom Rinpoche (transmitted to HH by Padmasambhava)

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Post by muni on Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:16 am

Ongoing terma revelation


In this section we will explain the meaning of Maratika as a place where termas (treasure teachings) continue to be revealed, even by our contemporary masters.
This is especially relevant for devoted and fortunate people who find themselves making a connection with these treasures.


For devoted and fortunate people



"Devoted and forunate people in the future will, by merely gettting a link [to Maratika],
have the obstacles of their life pacified and all their wishes fulfilled.
Ultimately they will be accepted by Guru Rinpoche and his consort."


– HH Dudjom Rinpoche
Termas are so-called "treasure teachings", that have been prophesied, hidden and stored, and will be revealed at their right time and in the right place, by a tertön master who has the karmic link to do so. This explains why these treasure teachings are so powerful: they may appear in our very own time and place, so that devoted and fortunate people may find liberation.
According to HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, HH Dudjom Rinpoche has received such a mind treasure in Maratika. That is why we feel particularly blessed: In Maratika there is not only the continued presence of Guru Rinpoche and Mandara in their enlightened wisdom bodies, but an ongoing treasure revealing by our very contemporary masters as well.
Another contemporary master who claims to have received a mind treasure (gongter) at Maratika, with the title name “Life’s Circle of Vajra, the dakini practice for obtaining long-life”, is Chögyal Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. Click here for his personal account.


What are termas?


In “Blazing Splendor”, the memoirs of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, there is a very beautiful and concise explanation of what termas (treasure teachings) are:

“The Lotus-Born master, with great compassion and wisdom, ensured that each generation would have a specific teaching meant for that time. Moreover they would be guaranteed a short lineage, unpolluted by damaged samayas and with the blessed breath of the dakinis still warm.”

– Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, “Blazing Splendor”, p. 332.
And Tulku Urgyen further explains:

That is why we now have so many sadhanas from over various centuries based on the Three Roots. Some people wonder what is the point of having such variety – but there are many good reasons. One is the immediate effect at the time of revelation: it’s like having a fresh crop, rather than food from last year. In each age, there are worthy disciples ready to be brought to maturity and they must be given the proper empowerments. Other beings must be benefitted indirectly, by planting the seeds for their future liberation. And the Buddha’s teachings must be supported to ensure the happiness of beings. This was Padmasambhava’s concern and he made certain of this for many generations into the future. His was indeed an immense kindness.”

– ibid., p. 332.


Who are tertons?


In Vajra Speech, a collection of pith instructions by Tulku Urgyen Rinpche, we read:

“All great tertöns are masters who in body, speech and mind are blessed and empowered personally by Padmasambhava. Tertöns appear to reveal the hidden treasures he buried in Tibet and other countries.”

[...] “From childhood, a great tertön is unlike other children. He has pure visions of deities and realization overflows from within. Tertöns are not like us ordinary people who must follow the gradual path of study and practice. Ordinary people do not have spontaneous realization!”

[..] “When the time comes for the different terma teachings to be revealed, great tertöns appear in this world. They are able to dive into lakes, fly up to impossible locations in caves and take objects out of solid rock.”
http://www.maratika.org/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=35&Itemid=60&lang=en

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This fragment out of the book of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche I liked to put here. For me the terma teachings are like chemistry for mind's delusions, who cannot dwell in nature other than to be expression of nature of mind. And like mentioned in the text about terma here: freshness, sparkling freshness or like a shower going through whole being.

Termas should be revealed in time of need to mind who is fortunated open to recieve. So for material treasures as mind treasures.
Those teachings should be spread over uncountable fortunated ones in each direction so that painful delusions evaporate in all beings.
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Post by sherab zangpo on Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:49 pm

In terms of Tertons, there are considered two kinds, great Tertons and minor Tertons. It was said, that there would 100 great Tertons and hundreds of minor Tertons. If a Terton had discovered three types of gTer ma, those being gTer ma's of Guru Padmasambhava, Avalokitesvara, and those of the Ati Dzogchen, then they were a great Terton.
Without these three types, one was considered a minor Terton.

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