Listen to the latest Lecture on Rimay Monlam and the Survival of Tibetan Buddhism
by Tulku Sherdor
Rimay Monlam | A Tibetan Buddhist Peace Prayer Gathering | June 4 – 9, 2017
A Good Karma, Non-profit Event Welcoming All Practitioners
With the Blessings & Good Wishes of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Welcome to the Rimay Monlam
The aspirative prayers of Tibetan Buddhism for World Peace and the preservation of Rimay, the Non-Sectarian Movement of Tibetan Buddhism, follows an established model based on the very traditional program used in the Lung Ngon Monastery, the Monastery of His Holiness Kusum Lingpa, in Gande (Golog, Tibet), being that this Monastery follows the tradition of the great and ancient Monlam festivals.
The non-sectarian Rimay movement of Tibet is an ecumenical tradition started – or more, accurately, revived – one hundred and forty years ago by the great Manjusri (wisdom) Lamas of eastern Tibet renowned as the First Khyentse and First Kongtrul. It arose in order to preserve and help disseminate the many different lineages and practices of all the existant schools of Tibetan Buddhism, many of which were in danger of being lost. These extraordinarily learned and accomplished non-sectarian masters studied under hundreds of teachers and internalized the precious and profound Three Yana teachings, then taught and also compiled the bulk of them into voluminous compendiums, vast scriptural compilations.
In particular, the `Rimay Monlam´ was founded by Hungkar Dorje Rinpoche and Tulku Sherdor in 2007 at Blazing Wisdom Institute in New York, and has been held in the eastern U.S. every year since, until 2016 when the program was expanded to Europe. For the past several years, each year has dedicated the program to a particular Rimay master from one of the major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, including His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dezhung Rinpoche, and Kalu Rinpoche.
This Monlam, or aspirative prayers, are of enormous importance and vital in our present days, not only in the establishment of causes and conditions for world peace, either in troubled times by sectarianism and its adverse results for the Dharma and for society in general. This is an opportunity to accumulate merit and auspicious circumstances for the preservation and expansion of Rimay, or non-sectarian attitude, so central to the cause of world peace.
Letter to His Holiness the Dalai Lama
from the 2016 Rimay Monlam Committee
April 1, 2015
The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Four years ago, You graciously granted blessings for the Rimay Monlam, a nonsectarian Tibetan Buddhist Peace Prayer Convocation. We last wrote to You two years ago with a report following the 2013 program.
We have now successfully held three annual Rimay Monlam programs at Garrison Institute, along the Hudson River in New York State, after five smaller annual programs at Blazing Wisdom Institute. This event remains solely dedicated to sharing pure aspiration prayers for all to receive the blessings and benefit of dharma.
Each year, we hold a special evening program paying tribute to one of the great Rimay Lamas who helped to establish Tibetan Buddhism in the West. Last year, we honored Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche, including with an original 90 minute video featuring nine Lamas from among his many western and Tibetan disciples.
Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of this non-profit, non-sectarian event. We are planning to hold it in Europe for the first time, at the Gephel Ling retreat center in southern Portugal, from May 16 to 21, 2016. >click here to read the full letter
The Rimay Monlam Invitation Committee Invites You To Join Us!
Enjoy this special time and space for meditation, exercise, discussion and inspiration, celebration and consecration, as well as short discourses by prominent Dharma teachers in attendance. This event is in Tibetan / English / Portuguese, but with sadhanas to all the different languages. Add your voice to the call for harmony and prosperity in all schools, lineages, traditions, monasteries, and sanghas, and in our society and the natural world!
I have always supported a Rimay approach [and] I shall be honoured and delighted to join the rimay monlam committee. I send all good wishes for the success of this auspicious gathering. –Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
. . . it [Rimay Monlam 2012] was really good. Great to practice with people from so many sanghas and backgrounds, and the program was also really well-conceived and executed. Definitely felt a boost in my meditation after returning home. I would recommend this to any Buddhist practitioner. I surely hope this was only the first in an ongoing yearly event." –Bob Flaws
I have told [others about] my excellent experience and how important I think the monlam is in terms of non-sectarian prayers and western sangha maturation. –Khenmo Drolma
Teleport us to Rimay-land! What a wonderful weekend, filled with Rimay-folks and Rimay-chanting and Rimay-meals with a growing Rimay-Sangha.–Jane Harter
I feel that the opportunity for dharma communities to meet and exchange in this personal and practice-focused way is so valuable. –Lama Jampa Thaye
The prayers we chanted were beautiful. They were new to me but not hard to learn. It was inspiring to sit together with the teachers without the usual hierarchy...as one sangha. –Yeshe Dorfeld