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Gter ma
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The Tibetan category of gter ma (“treasure”) refers to sacred scriptures and ritual objects that are discovered through a visionary process leading to these objects’ extraction from the ground, or, in more recent times, memory. By virtue of being concealed and then found, these items are like buried treasure, hence the moniker. Throughout its history, the gter ma mode of transmission provided an authoritative venue for Tibetan authors to write poetic and inspired ritual manuals…

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Janet Gyatso, “Gter ma”, in: Encyclopedia of Buddhism Online, Editor-in-Chief: Consulting Editors: Jonathan A. Silk, Oskar von Hinüber, Vincent Eltschinger. Consulted online on 25 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2467-9666_enbo_COM_0037>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 20151231

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