The Tibetan Treasure Literature: Revelation, Tradition, and by Andreas Doctor

By Andreas Doctor

Over the process Tibetan heritage, revelations-known as Treasures-have been stumbled on hidden in nature or have emerged at once from the nice minds of the Nyingma college, making a profound and lasting impression on Tibetan non secular society and tradition.

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Then it will benefit others. In the old Treasures the need for keeping the seal of secrecy and practicing the Treasure were taught. Not only is this also the case regarding new Treasures but also in Mind Training, the Great Seal, and the Great Perfection where one practices by oneself and gains experience, while in deity practices one may grant empowerment and oral instructions to others based on first having manifested a higher, medium, or lesser sign through approach and accomplishment. The greater benefit for others thereby is clearly visible and is also expressed well in statements such as "Not having ripened oneself…” Furthermore, even though one may not have great realization and extensive experience in the approach and accomplishment practices, it is still possible for others to gain accomplishments when given empowerment and meditation guidance, provided that the ritual is authentically rooted in an unpolluted lineage.

In a lively blend of prose and poetry he exposes the many tricks that such individuals employ to gain their desired goals. According to Mipham, these goals are dominated by the wish for fame and wealth and their coveted byproducts. Lamenting the prevalence of such desires, he exclaims: When examining closely those who announce Treasure teachings, they wish for fame, look for wealth, and search for women and so place hope in their Treasures with expectations burning like fire. 131 These of course are not novel themes in the life of a fraud, but their mention in this text is intriguing as it offers a glimpse into the culture and politics surrounding the Treasure tradition and its revelatory output.

94 Ratna Lingpa addresses this charge by arguing that the Treasure revealers already have received full spiritual transmission at the feet of Padmasambhava himself in their past existence. In this view, Padmasambhava came to Tibet as an already fully enlightened Buddha and conferred all relevant empowerments and oral transmissions on his Tibetan disciples, the discoverers to be. Only then were the Treasures concealed along with instructions to reveal them in the future. At the appropriate times the revealers then locate the Treasures based on preliminary Treasure guides (kha byang), also concealed by Padmasambhava, that mark the exact location of each Treasure.

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