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Newsgroups: alt.religion.buddhism.tibetan
From: ("John Cleaver")
Subject: Re: Tantric?
Organization: Compulink Information eXchange
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Date: Sat, 20 Jan 1996 17:23:33 GMT
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freedn says:

>They also constitute what is known as 'kama,' or the 'long transmission 
>lineage' within Tibetan Buddhism--i.e. that which is passed mouth to 
>mouth, teacher to student.  Other types of transmission lineage are 
>'terma,' in which teachings are discovered or revealed to enlightened 
>teachers, then buried, then rediscovered again when the time is ripe.

Tantric teachings are not all kama, and terma texts are usually tantric. 
It is not correct to say that the tantras constitute kama.

>but can 'write' terma--if your 
>mind is as spacious as the sky and completely free of any internal (or 
>external) obstruction or thought of self.

Again, I beg to differ - you can't 'write' terma texts. Termas are of two 
sorts:- earth treasure and mind treasure. Earth treasure comprises texts 
or objects hidden in the sky, in the earth, in lakes or in natural 
objects. Mind treasure is a realisation hidden in the heart bindu. In 
fact in both cases there is a realisation hidden in the heart bindu, 
nearly always by Guru Rimpoche or Yeshe Tsogyal. The earth treasures are 
distinguished by the need for the physical object to be discovered before 
the realisation can be triggered.

The rediscovered realisation enables the discoverer to recall, over a 
period of time, the detail of the teaching with which the realisation is 
associated. He must then practice the teaching until it is completely 
clear in his mind, at which time he can write it down and diseminate it. 
Where there is a physical text, it is frequently written in one of 
several 'magical' scripts. While contemplating it, it is said that 
'sometimes the script changes, and the meaning remains the same; 
sometimes the meaning changes, while the script stays the same; and 
sometimes both the meaning and the script change.' The discoverer must 
wait until the discovery has stabilised.

Therefore terma writing is a process of transcription. No matter how vast 
or spacious your mind, you cannot either write or discover a terma unless 
that terma has been previously implanted in your heart bindu by a teacher 
with full dzogchen realisation, such as Guru Rimpoche or Longchenpa. It 
is also said that the discoverer must have dzog-rim realisation at the 
time of implantation. This is reawakened by the discovery.


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