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Re: The Nyingma icons
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2009, 02:12:23 pm »
Very good information, anyone mind if I put a sticky on this topic?  :namaste:
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2009, 02:13:32 pm »
Absolutely not!  Sticky away!
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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2010, 07:19:37 pm »
So can anyone explain to me why Yeshe Tsogyal hid the texts as secret?  Why were these just not passed down?

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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2010, 01:13:22 am »
So can anyone explain to me why Yeshe Tsogyal hid the texts as secret?  Why were these just not passed down?
If just passed down verbally there would be a danger of corruption, of loss, of significance being misunderstood.

Each age, each culture need teachings to which they can directly relate and which minister to the particular challenges of that age. So Padmasambhava (and others) formulated teachings which were 'targetted' at some later epoch. The teachings are hidden in the mind-streams of their close followers, usually, but not always, with some physical reminder hidden (magically).

The Dharma-descendents of these followers will realize the time and place where a terma should be revealed. If that actual conditions are fully ripe, the physical reminder can be extracted and that will act as a 'key' to unlocking the teaching, which was already present in the terton's mind-stream.

There are many present-day tertons and new teachings are frequently emerging.

It is said that now, in the 21st. century, when humanity is heading for an existential crisis, is the time that the Dzogchen teachings were really intended for. Expect more Dzogchen teachings to arrive, and for them to be offered widely.
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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2010, 09:43:42 am »
I fully intend to study Dzogchen as it seems the whole lineage I now belong with practices this.  I honestly have no particular preference of one vehicle over another, one practice over another. 

However, since encountering this tradition, despite my mental thoughts and chatter about it, there is a real core resonance in me and recognition of people in this tradition.  I don't experience this quite the same way with any other tradition, the only one that comes close is Drikung Kagyu.  The lineage I've been adopted by has a real resonance within me as spiritual family (immediate family) at the deepest level of my being I've ever known, so I will follow in the footsteps of my teachers.  

Thank you for your explanation.

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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2010, 04:02:21 pm »

My Guru's root Guru, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, was a Terton. Here's a description of some of his discoveries:

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Trungpa Rinpoche extracted his first major cycle of treasure teachings, while still quite young, from within the rock face of a cave on Kyere Shelkar, the mountain behind Kyere monastery. Many people witnessed the event. They say that the rock container that held the terma was quite warm when it was revealed. They heard music, and saw rainbows and other auspicious signs. In addition to sacred texts and sadhanas, the terma included a prophetic guide to Trungpa Rinpoche's activities as a terton in Tibet. This guide described where each terma would be found and the circumstances of its discovery. It also identifies Kyere Shelkar as the primary location where Trungpa Rinpoche's terma teachings would be revealed.

Before he left Tibet, the Vidyadhara discovered three major cycles of terma teachings. The last of these was given to him by the dharma protector Ekajati. She arrived from the sky during a drupchen, or practice intensive, at Kyere Monastery. She was holding a treasure container, which she placed in his hands. The many monks and lamas who were there felt the ground shake and heard various sounds. Some saw rainbows and a rain of flowers. From the outside, the container looked like a stone. Inside it was made of precious jewels. The Vidyadhara placed it on the shrine and the drupchen continued. As the practice session was concluding several days later, the treasure container opened of its own accord, revealing paper scrolls marked with dakini script. The Avalokiteshvara sadhana being conferred by Karma Senge in the West was among the many texts found there.

Trungpa Rinpoche's treasure teachings also include a black Vajrayogini sadhana, a wrathful guru yoga practice, a series of chod practices, and much more.

From http://www.chronicleproject.com/stories_81.html

I understand the Shambhala teachings were a Ter which Trungpa Rinpoche discovered. They lead to the whole Shambhala movement that he founded, along with other activities such as the Naropa University.

This is a nice demonstration of timely Ters having a significant social impact.

Among my Guru's other teachers I know that HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Dodjom Rinpoche were also tertons.

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« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2010, 10:01:56 pm »
So can anyone explain to me why Yeshe Tsogyal hid the texts as secret?  Why were these just not passed down?




This book give a lot of detail about this process http://www.wisdom-books.com/ProductDetail.asp?PID=14844

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« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2010, 01:17:11 pm »
Thank you Magnus!  I will check this out!

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Re: The Nyingma icons
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2013, 07:09:01 am »
Thanks! :)
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