What is written here, by username, is generally accurate and good. It is extremely important
to remember that the Nyingma tradition is not homogenous at all, nor does it have a centralized
authority. On top of that, Tibet is itself a large country with a very small population, so it has
very thin population density. One does not necessarily have one and only one teacher, and one
does not travel for days or months even to check on things with one's guru. When asked for
advice Nyingma Lamas will often say something to the effect of "listen to your own wisdom-
mind in this matter." Certainy not in all cases, but self-reliance does have an important place.
But on the other hand, illiteracy was high. so disciples couldn't just read texts whenever they
felt like it. They were given practices, they completed them, then went to check with a qualified
Lama-- especially one's teacher or a trusted vajra brother. Accurate and correct guidance is essential.
Ok, here's one qualm. Unername says:
"Firstly nyingma.com is an incognito site of aro which is a western guy claiming to be a terton
without any lama supporting that claim. Nyingmas know very well the grave dangers of false
tertons as detailed by Padmasambhava. However the famous beautiful letter of late Nyushol
posted with good intentions of Hayagriva is well known. "
Ownership of Nyingma.com is completely beside the point. I do not know who owns it. But,
although Aro Ter is controversial, one thing is certain-- the 'head lama" does not say he's a
terton, he has never made this claim. I have met him in person. I mistakenly read something
he said as implying he was, but he was quite clear in saying in person "I'm not a terton." Since
he does not say he's a terton, confimation as one by lineage holders is not necessary. I am not
debating the merits of the Aro Ter itself, its sources, validity or absence thereof. It is correct
one must proceed carefully and not just take the opinions of 'the masses.' I'm simply saying
don't jump to conclusions or adopt positions based on sweeping generalizations.