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In Tibetan culture there is a tradition of ” terma “; sacred objects, texts or teachings hidden by the masters of one age for the benefit of future ages, during which the terma are rediscovered (by other masters). The masters who rediscover the terma are called ” tertön “, i.e. finders of treasures. Terma have been, and can be found, in physical locations such as caves or cemeteries; in elements such as water, wood, earth and space; or they can be found in dreams and visionary experiences, sometimes in deep states of meditation at deeper levels of consciousness. The latter case is known as gong-ter: treasure of the mind.