Concerning Nezhi Tertön
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Concerning Nezhi Tertön
by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö
For the attention of the gods and human beings in general, including Nezhi Tertön:
Nezhi Tulku Rigdzin Chökyi Döndrup has been recognized as a sublime being by Drikung Tertön Kyura Ösel Dorje, who also determined that he is a revealer of termas. I myself, based on certain dream indications, have also become convinced that he is a tertön and the latest rebirth of Shübu Palgyi Sengé.
In the past, he has undertaken recitation retreats for the Three Roots of the Nyingma tradition on a vast scale, and I see this as a cause for rejoicing. Henceforth, he should also exert himself in the approach and accomplishment practices related to both Kama and Terma, mainly as a means to accomplish spontaneously his own and others' aims. Nor should he neglect the essential requirements of his own treasure revelations. He should not write all manner of prophecies, which are of dubious necessity. Only when it is practical and certain to benefit the teachings and beings would it be appropriate to write a few such predictions.
It is important not to misrepresent the authenticity of anything including one's own treasures, and never to lie but to speak truthfully. Chatter about seeing deities or seeing demons is an indication that Māra has infiltrated one’s speech, so be careful. It is important to develop signs through the approach, accomplishment and activity rites and the preparatory practice related to one’s own treasures. Otherwise, there is no use hoping that one’s own treasures will bring benefit to beings. As long as one can practice there will be no dearth of treasure teachings.
To have the means to spread the Buddhist teachings, pacify sickness, famine and conflict, and bring happiness and wellbeing to the land of Tibet, is what it means to be an emissary of Padma. By contrast, to tell lies, crave women and alcohol, behave as erratically as a monkey, and gossip excessively, like someone driven mad by a life-wind disorder, only serves to destroy Guru Padma’s teachings, as is clear from the discussion of treasure-revealers in the Pema Kathang.
All gods and humans should only assist this lama as he acts on behalf of the teachings and beings in the proper way in order to bring about great benefit, and not do anything that might cause harm.
Jamyang Khyentse Tulku wrote this with positive intentions at Dzongsar Monastery. May it prove virtuous and auspicious!
| Translated by Adam Pearcey with the generous support of the Khyentse Foundation and Tertön Sogyal Trust, 2022.
'jam dbyangs mkhyen brtse chos kyi blo gros. "Lha mi spyi dang gnas gzhi gter ston bcas nas nges rgyu sogs." In Rdzong sar mkhyen brtse 'jam dbyangs chos kyi blo gros kyi gsung 'bum. Bir, H.P.: Khyentse Labrang, 2012. Vol. 12: 169–170
Dilgo Khyentse. The Life and Times of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö: The Great Biography by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Other Stories. Boulder, CO: Shambhala Publications. 2017
shud bu dpal gyi seng ge. One of the twenty-five disciples of Guru Padmasambhava. ↩