The Hundred Tertons is Jamgön Kongtrül’s history of the visionary men and women who have, again and again, renewed the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition of Padmasambhava. Kongtrül’s book includes biographies of Padmasambhava, his twenty-five disciples, Longchenpa, Jigme Lingpa, Chokgyur Lingpa, and many others. Considered a seminal work of Tibetan Buddhist history, The Hundred Tertons is, for the first time, available in English translation.
Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Taye (1813-1899) was 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 tertön, an artist, and a skilled physician. His writings are distinguished by their clarity, precision, and impartial faith. Jamgön Kongtrül 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.