The precious and unsurpassable teachings taught by the Buddha of our times, Buddha Shakyamuni, have continued from the moment the Buddha first turned the wheel of dharma until today through the very vital and important tradition of transmissions. From the moment that buddhadharma was first taught by Buddha Shakyamuni in Sarnath to the present day, the path of learning, studying, contemplating and practicing these peerless teachings has been filled with many hardships and perils. It is only through the kindness of all the masters and practitioners in the past who came before us and received these teachings, practiced them, held them and passed them on that it is possible for us to receive them today in an unbroken and continuous line. Therefore, we gain the good fortune and possibility to practice these teachings and earn merit for ourselves and for the benefit of all sentient beings.
The tradition of Buddhism that developed and flourished in Tibet can be traced back and principally contributed to Padmasambhava, who was invited by the Tibetan King Trisong Deutsen at the advice of Shantarakshita, a great Indian scholar and pandita. It was through the efforts and dedicated hard work of Padmasambhava and the great translators of Tibet that the precious teachings were brought from India into Tibet and transmitted all across Tibet where Buddhism grew and flourished right up till the Chinese invasion in 1959.
Two Streams of Nyingma Teachings
The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism has two main streams of teachings- the Kama (bka’ ma) and Terma (gter ma). The kama teachings comprise of the oral teachings and transmissions passed orally in an unbroken line from master to student. The terma teachings are various precious transmissions that were concealed by Padmasambhava to be revealed later at the right time by the right person to whom it was entrusted by Padmasambhava himself. These two streams of transmission are pivotal and of the utmost importance for the study, practice and flourishing of the authentic buddhadharma.
The Kama teachings are the teachings of the inner tantras translated into Tibetan by Padmasambhava, Vimalamitra and other great translators in the 9th century and transmitted through an unbroken lineage of teachers to the present day.
In accordance with the command of her father and root guru Kyabje Mindrolling Trichen, Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche sponsored the Kama transmissions during the winter of 1997-1998. These precious and unbroken transmissions were graciously bestowed by Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche to the fortunate sangha of Mindrolling so that these transmissions could be practiced and propagated by the next generation of practitioners for the benefit of all sentient beings.