By Tulku Thondup Rinpoche
In all religions, sacred texts and gadgets have seemed miraculously. one of the such a lot outstanding of those revelatory traditions is the terma culture of Tibetan Buddhism. Termas usher in a clean chance for the renewal of non secular perform. right here Tulku Thondup Rinpoche tells the tale of the terma culture initiated by means of Padmasambhava, the ninth-century saint who verified Buddhism in Tibet.
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It truly is acknowledged that the lessons of a instructor who himself has now not practiced 162. half 4: The textual content of ask yourself Ocean them wmhave little gain for his disciples. the plain conferring of empowerments and bless ings through the experts, tutelary deities and <;lakinis upon the Tertons whereas they're doing the effectuation of the Terma is an indication in their having obtained the ability, just like the polishing of a knife's facet in the course of the Effectuation of the Terma, yet, as ( pointed out sooner than, it's not genuine Terma • • transnusslOn. 22 THE DOCTRINE-HOLDER The lucky individual prophesied i n the Terma prophecy because the primary determine in upholding the culture of the Terton by way of learning, educating and training is the Doctrine-holder (Ch'os bDag). There are different types of Doctrine-holders, the relevant Doctrine-holder and the minor Doctrine-holder. either are equivalent in receiving the Mind-mandate Transmission from Guru Rinpoche, however the demeanour is varied. The significant DoctIine-holder may have obtained the Mind-mandate Transmission and prophecy from Guru Rinpoche in individual, in addition to the Terton, within the historical time lninth century]. The minor Doctrine-holder wouldn't have got the Mind-mandate Transmission in individual from Guru Rinpoche, and it isn't valuable for him [ his incarnation J to were in that a part of the land [of Ti wager 1 at that point. yet by means of his wisdom of the infinitely diversified Guru Rinpoche has given the prophecy and made aspirations announcing: 'In a later interval at a fortunes of destiny generations, position known as such and such, an individual referred to as so and so, of such will seem, and i'm empowering him to turn into a Doctrine-holder of this educating. ' And that be and this sort of style comes the Mind-mandate Transmission. The essence of the Mind-mandate TrarL�mission is focus of brain (dGongs Pa gTad), simply because with out the focus of his brain, Guru Rinpoche can't make this sort of n aspiration or professional phecy. not just that, the full actions of Guru Padmas- Tertons and Doctrine-holders 1 sixty three ambhava s strength of transfOIming all existent phenomena as he needs comes from the ability of his concentrative ' mirrored image. it sounds as if it isn't sure that the minds of the 2 forms of Doctrine- holders can have comparable skills of expensive awakening of previous habituations once they see the Teulla teachings-this is as the results of the karmic process are impossible and there are lots of circumstantial affects ( rKyen), reminiscent of defilements of the womb or start and evil buddies . there were many incidents reflecting such situations. brain and Earth Termas nine 23 alterations among brain AND EARTH TERMAS Earth and brain Tennas are mostly a similar. either, at first, were hid within the middle or intensity of the guts, the indestructible casket, in the course of the brain mandate Transmission. within the heart, either stay with none adjustments. FinaJ1y, whilst the time comes, the lessons emerge from the door of the concealment of the recollection (Dran Fa) of the dharmata, the ordinary s tate (Ch'os Nyid gNyug Ma) opened by way of the pointy ch i sel of the knowledge of the luminous country (Od gSal Gyi mKhyen Ch 'a).