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Holly lives in the mountains west of Boulder and teaches at the University of Colorado. She has been a member of the Shambhala community since 1992.

Nov 18
Sunday

What is Terma?

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This article was originally published on the Richen Terdzo blog. It has been newly edited and reprinted on the Shambhala Times with the permission of the author.

By Holly Gayley

Terma texts contain Buddhist teachings intended for troubled times as a source of renewed wisdom and blessings. Although there are antecedents in Indian Buddhism–most famously Nagarjuna’s discovery of the Prajnaparamita literature–terma is primarily a Tibetan phenomena.

The Tibetan word, terma, literally means “treasure” and refers to Buddhist (or Bon) scriptures and relics retrieved from the distant past through a process of revelation. There are two principal types of treasures: earth terma, discovered in the Tibetan and Himalayan landscape, and mind terma, discovered in the mind of the terton or “treasure revealer.” The latter should be distinguished with pure visions, or daknang, which appear in the mind of realized masters, but do not necessarily claim ancient origins. Though its source is located in the distant past, a terma is intended for the time and place of its discovery. Continue…

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A Yak’s Tale of Liberation – HIGHLIGHT
2 responses - Posted 06.30.11
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A Moment in the Shedra's Construction
A Moment in the Shedra’s Construction – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 06.28.11
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The Surmang Shedra Dazzles
The Surmang Shedra Dazzles – HIGHLIGHT
5 responses - Posted 06.26.11
This update on the construction of the Surmang Shedra comes from Konchok Foundation board member Holly Gayley, who recently visited the area while traveling in eastern Tibet. It was nothing short of astonishing to see the Surmang Shedra at long last. The shedra (or school) complex dominates ...continue
Poignant Transition for the Surmang Region
Poignant Transition for the Surmang Region – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 06.24.11
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From Revelation to Lineage: Unveiling Terma
From Revelation to Lineage: Unveiling Terma – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 07.04.10
By Holly Gayley The revelation of terma, or “treasures,” is a distinctive way that new lineages and cycles of teachings are established in Tibetan Buddhism. Since the eleventh century, terma has provided a mechanism for innovation in Tibet, framed as the recovery of ancient wisdom that is ...continue
Offering to the Guru
Offering to the Guru – HIGHLIGHT
no responses - Posted 10.15.09
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Tibet in the News
no responses - Posted 03.13.09
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Exchanging the Fan: New Leadership in Boulder
Exchanging the Fan: New Leadership in Boulder – HIGHLIGHT
1 response - Posted 03.01.09
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