Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye (1813-1899) is the renowned master of the traditions of accomplishment and learning and one of the most influential Tibetan Buddhist masters of the nineteenth century. A holder of diverse lineages of both the Sarma (New) and Nyingma (Ancient) schools of Buddhism, his writings comprise more than a hundred volumes and still form the basis for much of the meditation practice of several lineages. He was also a terton, an artist, and a skilled physician. His writings are distinguished by their clarity, precision, and impartial faith. He was the guru of the Fifteenth Gyalwang Karmapa and many other great teachers of his time. His reincarnations have continued his work down to the present day
The works of Jamgon Kongtrul are collectively known as the Five Treasuries. These are the Treasury of Knowledge, the Treasury of Instructions, the Treasury of Kagyu Mantra, the Treasury of Terma, and the Treasury of Vast Compositions. The Hundred Tertons is part of the first of the sixty-three volumes (in its original publication) of the Treasury of Terma, usually called the Treasury of Precious Terma. Terma means “treasure,” and includes both teachings that are physically discovered and those that are revealed to the mind of the tertön. A terton is a “revealer of terma.” For more about the Jamgön Kongtrül lineage, please visit jamgonkongtrul.org.