Rinchen Terdzö

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The Rinchen Terdzö (Tib. རིན་ཆེན་གཏེར་མཛོད་, Wyl. rin chen gter mdzod), the Treasury of Precious Termas, is a collection of termas from the Nyingma tradtion of Tibetan Buddhism.

This collection is one of The Five Great Treasures of Jamgön Kongtrul the Great. It is a compilation drawn from all the termas that had been discovered up to his time, including Chokgyur Lingpa's treasures. Fearing that these teachings would be lost, he started the compilation in 1855 and completed the work in 1889. He was encouraged in this work by another great teacher of this time period, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo.

The oral transmission and empowerments of the Rinchen Terdzö takes from four to six months.

Tibetan Texts

Editions

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche published an edition in 111 volumes, which was based on the Tsurpu edition as supplemented with blockprints from Palpung and other great monasteries of Kham. Of the various editions, the Palpung edition has the greatest reputation for accuracy.

Further Reading

  • Schwieger, P. "Collecting and Arranging the gTer ma Tradition: Kong sprul’s Great Treasury of the Hidden Teachings" in Anne Chayet, Cristina Scherrer-Schaub, Françoise Robin & Jean-Luc Achard, eds., Edition, éditions: l’écrit au Tibet, évolution et devenir München: Indus Verlag, 2010.
  • Tulku Thondup, Hidden Teachings of Tibet (Boston: Wisdom, reprint edition 1997), 'Appendix 5: Categories of Texts in The Precious Treasury of Termas'.

In German

  • Tibetische Handschriften und Blockdrucke. - Teil 15: Die mTshur-phu-Ausgabe der Sammlung Rin-chen gter-mdzod chen-mo nach dem Exemplar der Orientabteilung, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Hs or 778 ; Gesamtindex / erstellt von Saadet Arslan. - Stuttgart : Franz Steiner Verlag, 2011. - XXV, 277 S.

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