Rimé Kalachakra of the San Francisco Bay Area is part of an international community under the guidance of Shar Khentrul Rinpoche. Our Kalachakra practice group is devoted to spreading and realizing the teachings of Kalachakra in order to create the golden age of Shambhala in our world. Shambhala is the perfection of peace and harmony, so in realizing Kalachakra and strengthening our connection with Shambhala we align our world to peace. We practice in the Jonang-Shambhala Kalachakra tradition the only Tibetan buddhist lineage to currently hold the completion stage yogas of Kalachakra.
We offer assistance to those preparing to take a Kalachakra initiation by providing the ngondro teachings as well as facilitate a practice group and access to the Kalachakra teachings for those who would like to actualize the complete Kalachakra path.
Our committed sponsors and facilitates yearly teachings by Khentrul Rinpoche in California.
Our local and online events connect a group of dedicated Kalachakra practitioners.
We make the Kalachakra dharma texts available to the local sangha.
“The nature of perfect love and compassion is unchanging bliss. Accomplishing this state is the path of Kalachakra completion.”
SHAR KHENTRUL RINPOCHE
AN UNBIASED VIEW
The Dalai Lama encourages dharma practitioners to adopt a Rimé view. ‘Rimé’ means a ‘non-sectarian’ or ‘non-biased’ view. While some people may think this is related to the idea of all systems being equal, it is actually focused on recognizing the value and benefit of multiple points-of-view. We work to cultivate and develop an unshakeable and genuine respect for pluralistic traditions seeing the value in all faiths. We are inclusive and welcome practitioners from all backgrounds.
SHAR KHENTRUL RINPOCHE
Shar Khentrul Jamphel Lodrö Rinpoche is a renowned Jonang Kalachakra Scholar and buddhist Rimé master. He was originally born in the mountain ranges of the Golok region of Tibet. After taking full ordination, he studied and practiced with more than 25 teachers from all of the major Tibetan Buddhist traditions, earning himself the title of “Rimé Master”. He was later officially recognised as the reincarnation of the great masters Lama Ngawang Chözin Gyatso and Ghetse Khentrul. When he was chosen to be a teacher (khenpo) of the prestigious Tsangwa Monastery in Dzamthang, Rinpoche chose to renounce his position though in favor of dedicating himself to strict practice.
Rimé Kalachakra is a United States center for Jonang Kalachakra practice affiliated with the Tibetan Buddhist Rimé Institute in Australia.
The Tibetan Buddhist Rimé Institute (TBRI) was founded by Khentrul Rinpoche in 2005. Rimé means “non-sectarian” and is unusual within Buddhism. Rimé Institute offers profound and extensive teachings from all Tibetan Buddhist traditions, including Mahayana and Tantrayana.
We specialize in the teachings of the Jonang tradition which includes the Zhentong Madhyamaka view and the Kalachakra Six Yoga practice. It is rare to encounter either of these lineages outside of Tibet itself, and both are said to play an important role in the future of Buddhism and world peace.
In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, there is a particular emphasis on the importance of an authentic spiritual lineage. The aims of the Rimé Institute are very closely connected to the aspirations of Rinpoche’s root teacher, the great Lama Lobsang Trinley. Lama Lobsang Trinley was one of the most exceptional and highly realized Buddhist masters of the last generation. It was his wish that the pure Kalachakra Tantra and the precious Amitabha Sutra teachings from his lineage be spread to the West.
Under the direction of Khentrul Rinpoche, TBRI focuses on translating the profound Jonang Vajra Yoga texts from Tibetan into English, Chinese and other languages to support Rinpoche’s aspiration of global Kalachakra practitioners. These extremely rare teachings are being made available in the West for the first time in hopes that practitioners who have previously received a Kalachakra empowerment from His Holiness the Dalai Lama or other teachers will for the first time be able to learn and practice the completion stage teachings of Kalachakra in their own language.