Karma Dondrup Tashi wrote:
Yudron wrote:I don't know what you mean by "the latter is a resume for prospective students who should be Calling the Lama from Afar."
My apologies, I just saw your post now.
I meant that one of the functions of "lineage", in the sense of "better business bureau", is to assist the prospective practitioner in seeking the guru, learning about the guru, and verifying the guru's credentials.
In the Nyingma there is not really any central authority, so we are dependent on the stamp of approval of a lama for his/her student to teach. If the teacher is dead, we rely on other lineage lamas. In the case of a terma tradition, one is typically asked to start writing them down and propagating them by a great respected older lama. I don't know who that would be these days, perhaps Dodrupchen, Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, Yangthang Tulku Rinpoche, or in the younger generation, Rabjam Rinpoche or Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. That kind of level.
We have plenty of terma traditions that have a good track record.