A chödak (Tib. ཆོས་བདག, Wyl. chos bdag), or custodian of a terma cycle, is the master who is prophesied in the terma prophecy as the principal person who will uphold the tradition of the tertön by studying, teaching and practising his or her terma teachings.
A chödak is also responsible for the spreading of the terma cycle, and is often involved in the sponsoring of the printing of its different texts. A chödak is sometimes responsible as well for writing commentaries to the different practices of that particular terma cycle.
- holder of the terma teachings
- Dodrupchen Jikmé Tenpé Nyima, Wonder Ocean, translated by Tulku Thondup in Hidden Teachings of Tibet: An Explanation of the Terma Tradition of the Nyingma School of Buddhism (Boston: Wisdom, reprint edition 1997), p.162-163.
- Tulku Thondup, Hidden Teachings of Tibet (Boston: Wisdom, reprint edition 1997), notes, page 226.