A Gathering of Brilliant Moons

Practice Advice from the Rime Masters Tibet

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Holly Gayley, Joshua Schapiro
  • Sommerville, MA: 
    Wisdom Publications
    , October
     344 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Jake Nagasawa forthcoming.


Deepen your meditation with advice on Buddhist practice from celebrated masters of Tibet’s nonsectarian rimé tradition.

For generations, Buddhist masters in Tibet have composed sheldam, poignant instructions tailored to the needs of their disciples in the form of short works of advice. Often difficult to find in publication, these works cover topics ranging from practicing while ill to sitting in solitary retreat to recognizing the nature of mind. This collection focuses on an influential and inspiring generation of Buddhist teachers: the nineteenth-century ecumenical, or rimé, tradition of eastern Tibet. A Gathering of Brilliant Moons provides lively translations of nineteen pithy and profound works by these great masters, along with essays by their translators which explore the aesthetic qualities of their chosen works, highlight their ecumenical features, and comment on the journey of translation. 

Includes works from Jamgon Kongtrul, Dza Patrul Rinpoché, Ju Mipham Rinpoché, Dudjom Lingpa, The Third Dodrupchen, Do Khyentsé, Tokden Sakya Sri, Jikmé Lingpa, Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen, Getsé Mahapandita, Shangton Tenpa Gyatso, and Bamda Thupten Gelek Gyatso.

This book arose from a unique conference on Tibetan translation, where the fourteen translators shared their process with each other and received feedback from their peers with a special focus on the literary aspects of the source texts. As a reflection of this genesis, the accompanying essays in this volume by the translators explore the aesthetic qualities of their chosen works, highlight ecumenical features in them, and comment on the journey of translation. This unique book will be welcomed by religious scholars, Buddhist practitioners, and meditators.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Holly Gayley is Assistant Professor of Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her current research explores an emerging ethical reform movement in eastern Tibet, spearheaded by cleric-scholars at Larung Buddhist Academy in Serta. Her first book is Love Letters from Golok: A Tantric Couple in Modern Tibet (Columbia University Press 2016).

Joshua Schapiro is Lecturer in the Theology Department at Fordham University, where he teaches undergraduate courses on Asian religion. His current research explores conceptions of skillful teaching in religion, with a special focus on Tibetan Buddhist advice literature and the life and writings of Dza Patrul Rinpoche.


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