Revelation in Tibetan Buddhism: The Terma Tradition
|November 17th, 2017.
Slide Show and Lecture with Michael Katz
Friday, November 17th: 6:30pm-8pm
Location: 16 Center St, Studio 527, 5th floor, Northampton, MA
FREE: Donations Welcome
TERMA also referred to, as "hidden treasures" are texts of mystical revelation revealed to visionaries called Tertons. These extraordinary teachings serve the function of refreshing, and reinvigorating the Tibetan Buddhist traditions.
Padmasambhava, also called “Guru Rinpoche,“ born miraculously in the 8th century, was fully enlightened and is considered the father of Tibetan Buddhism. He prophesied of a future age when spirituality would wane. Asked by one of his close disciples, when is the beginning of the Dharma-ending age, Guru Rinpoche replied;
"When the iron bird flies and the horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the world, and the Dharma will come to the land of the red men (the West)."
Anticipating the degeneration of the pure teachings of the Buddha. Guru Rinpoche hid TERMA, also referred to as "hidden treasures," and prophesied the exact location and time they would be revealed.
The texts of mystical revelation and revealed to visionaries, are principally of two types. Earth Termas including sacred physical objects, and mind Termas including those revealed in extraordinary dreams. The extraordinary places in Tibet where Padmasambhava practiced with his consort Yeshe Tsogyal, often sites where Termas were hidden, are considered amongst the most sacred pilgrimage places in Tibet.