Terchen Barwey Dorje

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gter chen 'bar ba'i rdo rje (1836-1920), a close student of Chokgyur Lingpa (gter chen mchog gyur gling pa 1829-1870). His original seat was the Karma Kagyu monastery of Surmang. He had numerous Termas and was also influential in the preservation of the teachings of the Barom Kagyu school. Terchen Barwey Dorje was the older brother of Lady Dega, the main consort of Chokgyur Lingpa. From the moment he offered her to him, he served him until Chokgyur Lingpa passed away.

The extraordinary life story of Terchen Barway Dorje. The first Barway Dorje was a terton, or precious treasure revealer, and the rebirth of Nupchen Sangye Yeshe, one of Padmasambhava's twenty-five disciples. Barway Dorje appeared in Tibet during the nineteenth century and was praised and respected by the many holy beings of his time as an authentic terton. His many treasures include the Sadhanas of the Vidyadhara Guru, the Vajrakila Cycle, and the Dakini Cycle, all of which contain profound instructions pertaining to ripening and liberation. The previous Karmapa displayed great interest in the Vajrakila Cycle in particular. In addition to his treasures, Terchen Barway Dorje composed many works of his own that have been of great service to the essence teachings, such as his Barom Kagyu Mahamudra and Six Doctrines.

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  • Precious Essence, The Inner Autobiography of Terchen Barway Dorje. ISBN 974109258X