Mind terma

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Mind terma (Tib. དགོངས་གཏེར་, gong ter; Wyl. dgongs gter) — a category of terma, discovered within the mindstream of the tertön.

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche writes:

Mind treasures arise in the following way: In many instances, after bestowing an empowerment or giving a teaching, Padmasambhava made the prayer, "In the future, may this treasure arise in the mind of such and such tertön." While doing so, he would focus his prayers and blessings on the tertön, usually an incarnation of one of his disciples. When, due to Guru Rinpoche's blessings, the times comes, both the words and the meaning of the treasure arise clearly in the tertön's mind. The tertön can then write these down without having to think.[1]

Examples of gong ter are:

Alternative Translations

  • treasure of enlightened intent


  1. Dilgo Khyentse, Brilliant Moon (Boston & London: Shambhala, 2008), page 141.

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