By Tulku Thondup Rinpoche

In all religions, sacred texts and gadgets have seemed miraculously. one of the such a lot amazing of those revelatory traditions is the terma culture of Tibetan Buddhism. Termas bring in a clean chance for the renewal of religious perform. the following Tulku Thondup Rinpoche tells the tale of the terma culture initiated through Padmasambhava, the ninth-century saint who demonstrated Buddhism in Tibet.

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32 There are many texts on the divi<;ion SHORT TRANSMISSION OF TERMAS This is the transmission of TeIIlIas which carne through short lineage transmission. A disciple of Guru Padmas­ ambhava who received transmission from him in the ninth century can transmit the empowerments and teachings to his disciples today. And if he is the Terton of that particular teaching in this life, he i s second to Guru Padmasambhava in the lineage. The Tennas are tantric scriptures, many from the Outer Tantras but the majority from the Inner Tantras.

In the Kagyud school too, except for some individual tantriks, there is no non-renunciate sangha. In the Gelug school, to be a renun­ ciate i s the first priority for becoming a member of the monastic community or sangha. Nyingmapas are the least interested i n organizational structures, hierarchical formalities and theoretical dialec­ tics. They are more interested in devoting their lives to being simple and natural; and they stress the application to their own minds of whatever they have studied.

He was a manifestation of the enlightened ones in the form of a great esoteric practitioner and master. He was not born from the womb of a woman but miraculously, in a lotus. He led an ascetic life of training and accomplishment in esoteric Buddhism, and for centuries he trained numerous followers in the esoteric approach to enlightenment, taking different forms at dif­ ferent places. He has achieved deathless attainment, main­ taining the same body and becoming visible wherever and whenever i t i s appropriate for beings.

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