Nonsectarianism Within Tibetan Buddhism
Tibetan Buddhism has four major traditions, Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu, and Gelug. Each was transmitted from India at a different time, through a different lineage. All of them trace their origin back to the same source, Shakyamuni Buddha. All share the same ultimate aim: they all teach methods for achieving the enlightened state of a Buddha for the benefit of all beings.
As Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche once said, "When one realizes the depth of view of the various schools of Tibetan Buddhism and we see also that they all lead to the same goal without contradicting each other, we see that only ignorance can lead us to adopt a sectarian view."
Taken a few years ago, the picture above shows His Holiness the Dalai Lama with other members of the Sangha, including the then heads of the four traditions, standing under an image of Shakyamuni Buddha.
Chamtrul Rinpoche and his previous incarnations are from the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, the oldest one.
However, he has studied with many Buddhist masters from all four of the major traditions, and values each of them.
"From the sky, the rain falls on the mountains, and different rivers form, but all lead to the mighty ocean. So too, the different traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, with all their distinctive features, trace back to the same source, and lead to the same goal.
Therefore, when meeting with another tradition, a learned practitioner will never disparage the other's teachings, but instead would understand these as harmonious differences, and would have nothing but deep respect for them."