What is the Rinchen Terdzo?
The Rinchen Terdzo, or Precious Treasury of Termas, is a collection of approximately 900 treasures, teachings concealed by one great master such as Padmasambhava to be discovered in the future by another great teacher, when such teachings will be most needed. The Shambhala teachings discovered by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche are terma. The Rinchen Terdzo was assembled by the 19th century teacher Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye. It took 33 years to create and is comprised of essential Nyingma practices discovered as terma between the 11th and 19th centuries.
The Rinchen Terdzo, organized by Jamgon Kongtul and his student the 15th Karmapa into a rich and detailed outline, presents many of the most important empowerments in the Nyingma tradition, the oldest of the four schools of Tibetan vajrayana. Receiving the Rinchen Terdzo is a three-month experiential journey from the entrance into the vajrayana path all the way to its fruition. Along the way, the practitioner is taken through all aspects of how to generate and stabilize the mind of enlightenment. On paper it is not easy to convey that the Rinchen Terdzo is a living transmission. The Sakyong remarked that in his 22 years of coming to Asia he has never experienced such a wonderful situation for practice.