From The Shambhala Dictionary of Buddhism and Zen translated by Michael H. Kohn; © 1991 by Shambhala Publications, Inc. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc., www.shambhala.com
(ris-med), Tib., lit., “unbiased”; term for a current in Tibetan Buddhism that had its origin in east Tibet in the 19th century. It arose from the need to overcome sectarian bias in the evaluation of the doctrinal traditions of the various schools and to accept each tradition on its own merits. The movement was initiated by the Sakyapa teacher Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820–92). Among his many students, the most important were Chogyur Dechen Lingpa (1829–70) and Jamgon Kongtrul (1811–99). The fundamental attitude of unbiasedness of the movement is most evident in the person and work of Jamgon Kongtrul. The influence of the Rime movement is still palpable today, especially in the Karma Kagyü and Nyingma schools. The main concern of the first Rime teachers and the succeeding generations of their students was a clear structuring of doctrinal and practical materials, based on the example of the Gelug school.