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'''Tertön''' ([[Wyl.]] ''gter ston'') — a revealer of spiritual treasures ([[terma]]) hidden by [[Guru Rinpoche]] and [[Yeshe Tsogyal]] for the benefit of future generations.
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'''Tertön''' (Tib. གཏེར་སྟོན་, Wyl. ''gter ston'') — a revealer of spiritual treasures ([[terma]]) hidden by [[Guru Rinpoche]] and [[Yeshe Tsogyal]] for the benefit of future generations.
  
 
==Major Tertöns==
 
==Major Tertöns==
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There are said to be one hundred great tertöns and one thousand minor ones, of whom five in particular are known as the ‘[[five sovereign terma revealers|Five Sovereigns]]’:  
 
There are said to be one hundred great tertöns and one thousand minor ones, of whom five in particular are known as the ‘[[five sovereign terma revealers|Five Sovereigns]]’:  
 
*[[Nyang Ral Nyima Özer]] (1124–1192),  
 
*[[Nyang Ral Nyima Özer]] (1124–1192),  
*[[Guru Chöwang]] (1212–70),  
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*[[Guru Chöwang]] (1212-1270),  
*[[Dorje Lingpa]] (1346–1405),  
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*[[Dorje Lingpa]] (1346-1405),  
*[[Pema Lingpa]] (b.1450) and  
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*[[Pema Lingpa]] (1450-1521) and  
*[[Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo]] (1820–1892).  
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*[[Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo]] (1820-1892).  
  
 
Other famous terma masters were:  
 
Other famous terma masters were:  
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*[[Rigdzin Gödem]] (1337–1403), discoverer of the ''[[Northern Treasures]]'';  
 
*[[Rigdzin Gödem]] (1337–1403), discoverer of the ''[[Northern Treasures]]'';  
 
*[[Sangyé Lingpa]] (1340–1396), who revealed the ''[[Lama Gongdü]]'' cycle;  
 
*[[Sangyé Lingpa]] (1340–1396), who revealed the ''[[Lama Gongdü]]'' cycle;  
*[[Karma Lingpa]] (14th. century), the discoverer of the ''Shyi Tro Gongpa Rang Drol'' cycle, from which come the teachings on the ‘[[Six bardos|Six Bardos]]’ and the ''[[Tibetan Book of the Dead|Bardo Thödrol Chenmo]]'';  
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*[[Karma Lingpa]] (14th. century), the discoverer of the ''[[Shyitro Gongpa Rangdrol]]'' cycle, from which come the teachings on the ‘[[Six bardos|Six Bardos]]’ and the ''[[Tibetan Book of the Dead|Bardo Thödrol Chenmo]]'';  
 
*[[Ratna Lingpa]] (1403–1478) who compiled the ''[[Nyingma Gyübum]]'';  
 
*[[Ratna Lingpa]] (1403–1478) who compiled the ''[[Nyingma Gyübum]]'';  
 
*[[Thangtong Gyalpo]] (1385–1510), the extraordinary mystic and engineer who lived to the age of one hundred and twenty five;  
 
*[[Thangtong Gyalpo]] (1385–1510), the extraordinary mystic and engineer who lived to the age of one hundred and twenty five;  
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*the Great [[Fifth Dalai Lama]], Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso (1617–1682), who received the twenty-five teachings known as ''[[Sangwa Gyachen]]'' in [[pure vision]] and
 
*the Great [[Fifth Dalai Lama]], Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso (1617–1682), who received the twenty-five teachings known as ''[[Sangwa Gyachen]]'' in [[pure vision]] and
 
*his disciple and teacher [[Terdak Lingpa]] (1646-1714).
 
*his disciple and teacher [[Terdak Lingpa]] (1646-1714).
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==Teachings on Tertöns==
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*[[Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche]], [[Lerab Ling]], 26 August 1997 (Q & A session, includes teaching on the nature of tertöns)
  
 
==Further Reading==
 
==Further Reading==
*[[Tulku Thondup]], ''Hidden Teachings of Tibet: An Explanation of the Terma Tradition of the Nyingma School of Buddhism'', Boston: Wisdom, reprint edition 1997
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*[[Jamgön Kongtrul]], ''Life Stories of the Hundred Tertöns'', Wyl. ''gter ston brgya rtsa'i rnam thar''
 
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*[[Tulku Thondup]], ''Hidden Teachings of Tibet: An Explanation of the Terma Tradition of the Nyingma School of Buddhism'' (Boston: Wisdom, reprint edition 1997)
  
 
[[Category:Key Terms]]
 
[[Category:Key Terms]]
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[[Category:Tertöns]]
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[[Category:Termas]]
 
[[Category:Nyingma]]
 
[[Category:Nyingma]]
[[Category:Tertöns]]
 

Latest revision as of 03:59, 28 April 2017

Tertön (Tib. གཏེར་སྟོན་, Wyl. gter ston) — a revealer of spiritual treasures (terma) hidden by Guru Rinpoche and Yeshe Tsogyal for the benefit of future generations.

Major Tertöns

Starting with the first tertön, Sangyé Lama (1000–1080) and Drapa Ngönshé (1012–90), discoverer of the Four Medical Tantras, there have been hundreds of masters who specialized in the discovery of terma, continuing up until the present day with Kyabjé Dudjom Rinpoche and Kyabjé Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

There are said to be one hundred great tertöns and one thousand minor ones, of whom five in particular are known as the ‘Five Sovereigns’:

Other famous terma masters were:

Rigdzin Gödem, revealer of the Northern Treasures

Teachings on Tertöns

Further Reading

  • Jamgön Kongtrul, Life Stories of the Hundred Tertöns, Wyl. gter ston brgya rtsa'i rnam thar
  • Tulku Thondup, Hidden Teachings of Tibet: An Explanation of the Terma Tradition of the Nyingma School of Buddhism (Boston: Wisdom, reprint edition 1997)