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A collection of spiritual treasures or terma (gter ma), which were reportedly hidden by Guru Padmasambhava and Yeshe Tsogyal, either in the earth and in the minds of disciples, and then revealed at the appropriate time by ‘treasure revealers’ or tertön (gter ston):
Nyang Ral Nyima Özer
- A Prayer Recalling the Life and Liberation of the Precious Master Padmasambhava by Nyangrel Nyima Özer
This prayer in 26 verses recounts the major events of the life of Guru Padmasambhava, from his miraculous birth upon a lotus to his final departure from Tibet for the land of the rakṣasas. Upon recollecting each stage or episode in the Guru's life, the reader requests empowerment and blessings.
- Accomplishing the Lama through the Seven Line Prayer: A Special Teaching from the Lama Sangdü by Guru Chökyi Wangchuk
The original revelation of the Seven-Line Prayer (tshig bdun gsol 'debs), which is the most famous and widely chanted of all invocations of Guru Padmasambhava, and which, according to later commentators, can be understood and practised on multiple levels.
- The Prayer of the Ground, Path & Fruition – From the Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse by Jigme Lingpa
Dodrupchen Jigme Trinle Özer
- A Very Brief Barche Lamsel—The Prayer for Clearing Obstacles from the Path by Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje
This very short prayer to the three kāyas, the dharmakāya Amitābha, sambhogakāya Avalokiteśvara and nirmāṇakāya Guru Padmasambhava, for 'clearing obstacles from the path' (bar chad lam sel) was composed by the treasure-revealer Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje.
- Heart of Vajrasattva—The Heart of Confession, the King of Purification Practices, from 'The Immaculate Secret Vajrasattva' by Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje
- ’The Lightning Bolt of Compassion’, a Short Sampa Lhundrupma—’Prayer that Spontaneously Fulfils All Wishes’ by Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje
The famous tertön (gter ston) Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje wrote this brief prayer to Guru Padmasambhava Tötreng Tsal for the spontaneous fulfilment of wishes (bsam pa lhun grub) at the request of his consort and son.
Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa
This famous prayer to Guru Padmasambhava for the elimination of all obstacles on the spiritual path is the outer practice of The Guru's Heart Practice of the Guru: Dispelling All Obstacles on the Path (bla ma'i thugs sgrub bar chad kun sel), a joint revelation of Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa and Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo.
- The Essence of the Two Accumulations: The Ritual for the Elaborate and Condensed Outer Practice together with its Empowerment (Zabtik Drolchok) by Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa
This popular sādhana of Green Tārā was revealed as a mind-terma by Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa. Like the Chimé Phakmé Nyingtik, “The Heart Essence of the Sublime Lady of Immortality,” discovered by Jamyang Khyentsé Wangpo, the Zabtik Drolchok forms part of a larger yet to be revealed terma-cycle called Drolma Nyingtik, “The Heart Essence of Tārā.” According to Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, while Zabtik Drolchok belongs to kriyā or action tantras, it applies the view of niruttara-yoga or the highest yoga tantra. The elaborate and condensed ritual liturgies presented here were arranged for group and daily practice by Jamgön Kongtrul.
Popularly known as Dü Sum Sangye (Dus gsum sangs rgyas), this short prayer to Guru Padmasambhava was discovered as a treasure (gter ma) by Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa. As indicated in the colophon, it was—and still is—regarded as especially pertinent for the current time.
- The Wish-Fulfilling Tree: The Life-story of the Master of Uḍḍiyāna as found in Padmasambhava’s Sevenfold Cycle of Profundity by Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa
This concise biography of the eighth-century master from Uḍḍīyana, Guru Padmasambhava, who established Buddhism in Tibet in the 8th century, was revealed in 1856 by the great treasure-revealer Chokgyur Lingpa as part of the Sevenfold Cycle of Profundity (zab pa skor bdun). The text consists of ten short chapters, each relating to a different aspect of the master’s life and activities.
Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
- A Brief Prayer to the Precious Master Padmākara for Swiftly Fulfilling Wishes and Dispelling Obstacles by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
These verses to be be recited before and after prayers to Guru Padmasambhava, especially the famous Prayer in Seven Chapters (le'u bdun ma), include the practices of taking refuge and arousing bodhicitta, a seven-branch offering, the generation and dissolution of a visualisation, and the dedication of merit.
A lineage prayer for Tsogyal's Whsipered Transmission of Kīlaya (mtsho rgyal snyan brgyud phur pa), which was revealed by Gyarong Khandro, together with Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö and Khandro Tsering Chödrön, from the Zadü (gza' bdud) cave at Khyungdrak Dorjei Yangdzong in the water-snake year (1953), and then transmitted by Jamyang Khyentse to Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in the wood-sheep year (1955).
- A Concise Recitation of the Preliminary Practice according to the New Treasure of Dudjom by Dudjom Rinpoche
Tulku Zangpo Drakpa
This terma (gter ma), which Tulku Zangpo Drakpa revealed and passed on to Rigdzin Gödem (1337–1408), presents a sūtra-like scenario in which Buddha Śākyamuni reveals a dhāraṇī for subduing enemies and demonic forces.
Ngakchang Shakya Zangpo
In this famous history of the sacred stūpa of Boudhanāth, Guru Padmasambhava recounts the stūpa's origins. In response to a request from King Trisong Deutsen, he tells how a humble poultry-woman first extracted a promise from the king and then built the stūpa together with her four sons, who were all later reborn as prominent figures in the introduction of Buddhism to Tibet. Padmasambhava also describes the benefits to be gained from circumambulating the stūpa and making offerings before it, and concludes with a series of prophecies concerning the stūpa's restoration.