Synopsis: New paperback edition. This is a compelling and comprehensive study of the Ri-me movement in Tibet, a non-sectarian unifying approach that attempted to cut through the interscholastic divisions and disputes that were occurring between the different lineages.
It includes an introduction to the history and philosophy of the Ri-me movement, a biography of the movement's leader - the renowned master Jamgon Kongtrul the Great; helpful summaries of the eight lineage's practice and study systems, which point out the different emphases of the schools; an explanation of the most hotly disputed concepts including the Shentong teachings on emptiness; and an overview of the old and new tantras. The leaders of the Ri-Me movement sought appreciation of the different lineages and acknowledgement of the importance of variety in benefiting practitioners with different needs. The Ri-me teachers also took great care that the teachings and practices of the different schools and lineages, and their unique styles did not become confused with one another.
"This is a marvelous survey of Tibetan Buddhism and the development of the Ri-me approach in the nineteenth century. Ringu Tulku writes with the authority of an insider." E.Gene Smith."
"A seminal work…with clarity, sophistication, and historical depth, Ringu Tulku outlines Ri-me." Reginald Ray.