Below was posted by Erik Pema Kunsang in the yahoo forum called “Tibetan Buddhist Group” near the time of publication of this amazing book, worth a read and many rereads: “Blazing Splendor, here is the blog by same title http://blazing-splendor.blogspot.com.
Quotes about termas and the Likeness Statue
Date: Thu Aug 4, 2005
By Yahoo ID: epk10008
“Termas are like crops that ripen in the autumn. Every year, there’s a new crop, and each season it is freshly harvested and enjoyed, since that is the crop for use at that time. Terma teachings were concealed to be revealed at particular periods later in history, and they appear in forms most appropriate to the particular time periods in which they are revealed.”
— Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro
about the picture you have of Padmasambhava, Tulku Urgyen says:
“As a newborn infant, I became severely ill with some unknown disease, and was at the brink of death. My parents took me to Samye monastery nearby. At the Castle of Samye was one of five sacred statues of Padmasambhava, which he had said looked exactly like him. (This ngadrama, or likeness, was a very small statue known as Guru Tsokye Dorje revealed by Nyang-Ral Nyima Özer as a terma treasure.) The statue was placed inside a vase from which people could receive water as a blessing. By then I had actually stopped breathing, so there was little my parents could do but place me in front of the statue and pray to the Lotus-Born. My parents prayed that their newborn baby would not die — and later they said that it was because of Padmasambhava’s blessings that I didn’t. As they prayed, I opened my eyes for the first time and started breathing again. After that, they brought me along to all the other pilgrimage places around Samye. Of course, I don’t remember any of this, but my father told me the whole story.”
Quotes from Blazing Splendor, the memoirs of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
Foreword by Sogyal Rinpoche
Just published last Friday.