The Jonang Foundation

The Jonang Foundation

Postby kirtu » Thu Aug 12, 2010 4:27 pm

Here is an excellent link to an organization dedicated to the preservation of the precious Jonang lineage:

and they have an official blog:

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Re: The Jonang Foundation

Postby Luke » Thu Aug 12, 2010 8:05 pm

Yes, those are great websites.

There is some very interesting information in the FAQ on the Jonang Foundation's website. Here are some excerpts:

1) Q: Has the Jonang tradition continued in an unbroken lineage?

A: Yes. In the 17th century, the Geluk power in Central Tibet headed by the 5th Dalai Lama began a persecution of the Jonang due to political rivalries and territorial struggles. The Jonang tradition then relocated from Central Tibet to the Amdo region of Far Eastern Tibet, and has maintained an uninterrupted succession of transmission since the Buddha.

4) Q: Is the Jonang a sub-sect of the Sakya or Kagyu traditions?

A: No. There are five major living traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Jonang mountain hermitage was established by Kunpang Thukje Tsondru, and the Jonang tradition has remained an autonomous tradition of Tibetan Buddhism ever since.

Kunkhyen Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen trained at Sakya Monastery and met with the 3rd Karmapa Rangjung Dorje, he moved to Jonang in the year 1321 and later assumed leadership of Jonang Monastery, helping to define the Jonang heritage of philosophy and practice.

8) Q: Who is the "head" or "leader" of the Jonangpa?

A: There is no official "head." For the initial 300-years of the Jonangpa, the primary lineage-heir was the master who held the seat of Jomonang and then later Taranatha's Takten Damcho Ling Monastery (Phuntsok Ling). In the mid-17 th century, when the Jonangpa began to settle in the Amdo region of Northeastern Tibet, Dzamthang Tsangwa Monastery was founded by one of Taranatha's disciples Lodro Namgyal, transferring the spiritual authority to Dzamthang. Since the Jonangpa have stationed in Amdo, and since Dzamthang has become their headquarters, although the spiritual authority of the Jonang has not rested on one individual, the abbot of Dzamthang Tsangwa Monastery has historically held great authority and influence within the tradition.

One of Jetsun Taranatha's reincarnations lines finds its origins in Mongolia when the 5th Dalai Lama recognized the 1st Kalkha Jetsun Dhampa. More recently, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama appointed the 9th Kalkha Rinpoche to oversee the affairs of the Jonang monastery in Shimla, India called, "Takten Phuntsok Choling." Kalkha Jetsun Dhampa is considered to be the authoritative figure for the Jonangpa in exile and more specifically in India where he lives. Unfortunately, Kalkha Rinpoche has not been permitted to travel to Tibet since he left as a young man and consequently he is not known by many of the Jonangpa in Tibet.

Most recently, the Jonang Standing Council was formed by the elder Jonang masters in Tibet in order to create a greater structure of authority and leadership. We at Jonang Foundation are representatives of this Council and we work closely with its leaders to assist the Jonang in Tibet and elsewhere.
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Re: The Jonang Foundation

Postby Luke » Thu Aug 12, 2010 8:27 pm

The Jonang Foundation is also on Facebook: ... 7462199970
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