The Treasure tradition of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism is richly permeated with wonder and controversy. This unique and mysterious tradition embraces revelation as the primary path to spiritual awakening. Over the course of Tibetan history, revelations known as Treasures have been discovered, hidden in nature, or have emerged directly from the great minds of the Nyingma School, creating a profound and lasting effect on Tibetan religious society and culture. This book discusses central themes in the history and practice of Treasure revelation and presents translations of seminal texts of the tradition. It includes a discussion by the renowned master Ju Mipham (1846–1912) of the criteria by which to evaluate the authenticity of those who claim to have discovered such Buddhist scriptures. In addition, it introduces (for the first time in the West) the tradition and revelations of a major Treasure revealer of the nineteenth century.
"Andreas Doctor's Tibetan Treasure Literature is a treasure trove of fresh insights into the fascinating forces at work in the continuing development of Tibetan Buddhism. By giving extensive new access to centuries of Tibet's remarkable visionary literature, he uncovers a multitude of Tibetan strategies to establish religious authenticity and unity amidst tremendous historico-cultural change and multiplicity. Fresh perspectives emerge on the crucial role of religious communities in the construction and authentication of revelation. This book is a must for those interested not only in Buddhism's past but also in its present and future ways of negotiating these fundamental issues." —John Makransky, professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology, Boston College
"This innovative book is a valuable, well-argued, and insightful contribution. . . . It lays bare the narrative and argumentative strategies behind the treasure polemics and broadens our knowledge of the fascinating literature not only by summarizing the results of the latest research but also by providing us with new significant materials." —Per K. Sorensen, professor, Institute for Indology and Central Asian Studies, University of Leipzig
"The continuing Tibetan tradition of terma hidden treasures is an important case for study. This book informs us about significant questions asked within the terma tradition including the all-important one, how are we to know if a revealed book contains authentic Buddha Word?" —Dan Martin, author of Unearthing Bon Treasures
"A compelling resource . . . perhaps the finest introduction to the Tibetan treasure tradition to date, well suited for the undergraduate classroom." —Alexander Gardner, Inner Asia
"This book offers a most lucid exposition." —Georg Feuerstein, PhD, author of Yoga Morality: Ancient Teachings at a Time of Global Crisis, The Deeper Dimension of Yoga, Holy Madness: Spirituality, Crazy-Wise Teachers, and Enlightenment, and Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yoga