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Jonang Foundation is a non-profit support organization, international network, and online educational resource for the Jonang tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. We advance research and scholarship on the Jonang, and host educational and cultural preservation initiatives that sustain and enliven this distinct tradition within contemporary contexts. 

Working with the living tradition inside Tibet as well as within the international community, the purpose of Jonang Foundation is to uphold and promote understanding of the intellectual, creative, and spiritual heritage of the Jonang. Our vision is for there to be greater preservation, education, translation, documentation, and revivification for the Jonangpa, and our work is to provide these services. 

Thought to be extinct, and only recently appearing to the world beyond Tibet, the Jonang comprises its own unique tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Isolated for centuries in the remote valleys of far eastern Tibet, the Jonangpa are the primary lineage-holders of the Kalachakra six-fold vajrayoga and zhentong meditative view. 

As the legend is told, the local female protector deity Jomo Ngak Gyalmo visited Kunpangpa and invited him to live in her valley of Jomonang. In 1294, Kunpangpa arrived at Jomonang and settled in the Bliss-Infused Enjoyment of Space meditation cave. Since Kunpangpa settled in the valley, those who followed in the transmission lineages associated with the place of Jomonang are known as "Jonangpa," and the tradition itself as, "Jonang."

The Jonangpa Blog

Revised Pilgrimage to Mount Kailash 2014

The road to Mount Kailash in western Tibet is officially closed during the period of our regularly scheduled Jonang Foundation pilgrimage for the Saga Dawa Horse Year Festival. 
 

Translation of Chod Texts by Taranatha

Translator Sarah Harding has graciously made available two translations of Tarantha's writings on Chod practice. 

2014 Horse Year Festival at Mt. Kailash

We are happy to announce that the Jonang Foundation 2014 pilgrimage to Tibet will be for the Wood Horse Year Festival at Mount Kailash, June 3rd to 24th. 

Kalachakra Pilgrimage to Mongolia with Vesna Wallace

We are delighted to offer this educational program to Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Mongolia with Professor Vesna Wallace, a leading scholar on Mongolian Buddhism and the Kalachakra tradition. 
 

Jonang Khenpo Nangwa Rinpoche in Switzerland

Khenpo Choekyi Nangwa Rinpoche from Jonang Shimla Monastery in India will be teaching and giving a series of empowerments in Switzerland from Feb. 27 to March 05, 2014.

Jonang Kalachakra Teachings in Italy

Khenpo Choekyi Nangwa Rinpoche from Jonang Shimla Monastery in India will be teaching on the Jonang Kalachakra practices, and perform an abbreviated Kalachakra initiation along with a Vajravega authorization ritual, at Northern Shambhala Kalachakra Temple in Italy from February 14 to 23,...