Rimed

Tib., ris-med: Without Bias

The name for a group of non-sectarian, hence unbiased, Tibetan adepts and teachers. The movement, a term more appropriate here than school, arose in 19th century Eastern Tibet through the efforts of mainly three individuals, all terton and regarded as incarnations of influential teachers of the past.

These adepts were versed in a great variety of teachings and came from different backgrounds, among which Bön, Dzogchen, Nyingma, Sakya and Karma Kagyu; and together they revealed the Chokling Tersar (mchog gling gter gsar), an important collection of terma texts. Their purpose - to respect, preserve and transmit all important teachings of Vajrayana - has resulted in re-animating many almost lost teachings, including those of the 'heretic' Jonangpa.

In Lodro Thaye, the first Jamgong Kongtrul ('jam mgon kong sprul), a new line of tulku's (sprul sku) had its beginning and has reincarnated three times since. Other famous adepts and masters who subscribe(d) to the unbiased, non-sectarian view of Rimed were/are Patrul Rinpoche (1808-1887), Dudjom Lingpa (1835-1903), Adzom Drugpa (1842-1924), Khanpo Kunga Paldan (1878-1950), and Namkhai Norbu (b. 1938); to name but a few.