kirtu wrote:But he remained skeptical of terma - he had to be goaded into entering a cave where Chokgyur Lingpa and Khyentse Wangpo were sort of extracting terma by the armload and they sort of ordered him to go get his. I'm not quite sure what to make of that incident.
Really, where in his biography is this incident? He was a very dedicated practitioner of termas all his life for example Könchok Chidu and Lama Gongdu.
It's not nearly as skeptical as I remember: pg 147 "Gem of Many Colors"
Seating me on a throne made of stones, the two of them invested me with the title of a terton and performed a ceremony for my long life. Each of these masters discovered a profound terma, after which we went to the ancestral estate of the Alo Dilgo family to begin a mendrup ritual focusing on the Eight Commands. We then journeyed together to Perna Shelri. We performed feast offerings at such places as Osel Shelphuk Cave (associated with Bairotsana), and the two masters also opened Orgyen Sangphuk Cave. Each of them discovered a cache of termas. The great terton even urged me to try, and I came out of the Orgyen Sangphuk Cave with a casket of termas in my hands and offered it to him.
He indeed practiced terma and had faith in Chokgyur Lingpa and Khyentse Wangpo. Initially he did not know what to make of Chokgyur Lingpa and was skeptical of him until he was vetted by Khyentse Wangpo. His attitude toward tertons seemed to me to be guarded but I'd have to go back through his works to see if that were the case. By guarded, I mean that apparently some deluded people have claimed to be tertons and he certainly required investigation first.
Kirt's Tibetan Translation Notes
"Even if you practice only for an hour a day with faith and inspiration, good qualities will steadily increase. Regular practice makes it easy to transform your mind. From seeing only relative truth, you will eventually reach a profound certainty in the meaning of absolute truth."
Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche