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An Integral View of Tibetan Buddhism: Preserving Lineage Wisdom in the 21st Century

(Black and White Interior)

by Pema Dragpa

Forewords by Ken Wilber & Erik Pema Kunsang

Prologue by Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel


With reflections by Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche, Dungse Jampal Norbu, Prof. Douglas Duckworth, Elliot R. Wolfson, Bruce Alderman, Lonny S. Jarrett, Dr. Gail Hochachka, Brad Reynolds, Dustin DiPerna, Nomali Perera, and Daniel Schmachtenberger



All proceeds will support the education of the Yangsi reincarnation of Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche.




An Integral View of Tibetan Buddhism is about preserving the vast and profound lineage wisdom of Vajrayana Tibetan Buddhism into the 21st century and beyond, without attempting to change it simply to fit into modern or postmodern worldviews. The book argues that in order to practice the full range of Tibetan Buddhism according to the teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni and Guru Padmasambhava, you have to take a multi-perspectival, “Integral” approach, which will naturally maintain the original intent of the Buddha and the centuries-long tradition of Buddhist lineage masters. This is just as true now as it was twenty-five centuries ago. By clearly mapping out and demonstrating how Vajrayana Buddhism can straightforwardly be studied and practiced in an Integral way, the already extremely fragile lineage wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism will be preserved.


In terms of much larger conversations beyond Buddhism—such as those about culture wars, climate wars, language wars, and the age-old battle between science and religion—the specialty of the Integral approach is that it locates all of these discussions in a scenario that isn’t seen as a “war,” but seamlessly allows all positions to offer their own unique insights. Thus, we are called to ask: “What does each worldview bring to the table that is valuable and worthy of inclusion? How can all of these important contributions be honored and integrated into more robust, resilient, and effective responses to the challenges we’re facing today, while still maintaining the integrity of thousands of years of Buddhist wisdom?” Grounded in the Integral theory of Ken Wilber, as well as many contemporary, leading-edge Buddhist scholars, meditators, and lineage holders, the author presents a lively discussion that invites us into a profound inquiry about preserving lineage wisdom far into the future for the benefit of all sentient beings.


Summary of Contents


Part 1: What Is Integral?

Part 2: Middle Way View: The Thread That Unites Integral and Vajrayana Buddhism

Part 3: Integral Basics

Part 4: Buddhist Essentials

Part 5: Premodernity, Modernity, and Postmodernity

Part 6: Creating a Healthier Integral Approach to Vajrayana Buddhism

Part 7: Examples of Taking an Integral Approach to Buddhism

Part 8: In Conversation with Ken Wilber

Part 9: Studying and Practicing Vajrayana in the Information Age



Paperback | Black and White Interior
Bright Alliance | 10/14/23
Pages: 890 | Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 979-8-9887893-3



Pema Dragpa has been a resident Dharma teacher at Padma Samye Ling (PSL) since 2004, the main monastery & retreat center of the Padmasambhava Buddhist Center (PBC) founded by the Nyingma Dzogchen masters Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche. Ordained as a lama by the Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches in 2010, Dragpa graduated with honors in philosophy and religious studies from New York University in 2002, and is a senior editor of over twenty-five books on Buddhist philosophy and meditation. He regularly travels to lead PBC events on traditional and contemporary Buddhist philosophy and meditation.

Weight 2.75 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 2 × 9 in