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Revival of the Bodong: A Video Interview with Geshe Pema Dorjee

As part of our ongoing work to support the preservation and revival of minority traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, we sat down to interview Geshe Pema Dorjee — the leading figure in the revivification of the Bodong tradition. The int terview with Geshe was c onducted by Jonang Foundation's director, Dr. Michael R. Sheehy at Wellesley College during February 2016, and d iscusses the history and current revival of the Bodong.

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Dolpopa's Song of Auspiciousness in Translation

We are happy to make a new translation of a song of auspiciousness by Dolpopa available to download and share. jf_dolpopa_lineage field_01.jpg The newest contribution to the Jonang Foundation online library is a translation by James Rutke of Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen’s song, translated as, Buddha Nature’s Auspiciousness . What Dolpopa has done in this song is deconstruct the common Tibetan expression “Tashi Delek” ( bkra shis bde legs ), turning it into an uncommon expression of auspiciousness by interpreting the phrase in the...

Shangpa Sites on Tibet Map

The Shangpa Kagyu tradition has had close historical connections with the Jonang since the sixteenth century. Starting with Kunga Drolchok , and his lineage successor Taranatha , the Jonang and Shangpa transmissions have passed in sync up to the present day. For more on these connections see the post, On the Shangpa & Jonangpa .

Because of the closeness between these traditions, and our work to preserve the Jonang Buddhist tradition and its affiliates, we have begun to document the Shangpa tradition in Tibet. Field work began on this project this past summer on the Jonang Foundation...

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. jf_prayerflags.jpg The two scheduled programs to Tibet during May and June will continue, but were re-routed to new pilgrimage sites in central and southeastern Tibet. This pilgrimage will be led by our director, Tibetologist Dr. Michael Sheehy . To join these programs, please contact us at info@jonangfoundation.org by May 10. A new program was...

Translation of Chod Texts by Taranatha

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

These new translations into English are now available to download as PDFs from the Jonang Foundation online library,

A Practice Manual of Profound Object-Severance: Essence of the Vital Meaning (10 pgs.) The Required Liturgies on the Occasion of Master Tāranātha’s Severance Empowerment of Opening the Door to the Sky in the Gyaltang Tradition (10 pgs.)

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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.

The year 2014 is the Year of the Wood Horse according to the Tibetan lunar calendar. This is the year during the 12-yearlong astrological cycle that is understood to magnify the beneficial effects of pilgrimage. In Tibetan pilgrimage practice, it is said that circumambulating Mount Kailash once during the Year of the Horse is karmically equivalent to completing twelve circumambulations. The Horse Year Festival will occur on Saga Dawa, June 13, 2014.

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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. July 15 - July 27, 2014 (13 Days) $5,200 per person jf_shambhala land_mongolia.jpg This program immerses participants in Mongolian Buddhist life and practice with a special emphasis on the Kalachakra tradition. We a t Jonang Foundation are particularly excited to bring you this program because of the historical connection of the Jonangpa with Mongolia from the time...

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.

Khenpo Choekyi Nangwa Rinpoche is the Abbot of Jonang Takten Phuntsok Choling Monastery in Shimla, India. Born and trained in the Jonang tradition inside Tibet, he has lived in India since 1993, and served as abbot of the Jonang Shimla monastery since 1998. This is an extraordinary opportunity to recieve teachings from Rinpoche. jf_khenpo chonang_01.png ...

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, 2014.

Khenpo Choekyi Nangwa Rinpoche is the Abbot of Jonang Takten Phuntsok Choling Monastery in Shimla, India. Born and trained in the Jonang tradition inside Tibet, he has lived in India since 1993, and served as abbot of the Jonang Shimla monastery since 1998. This is an extraordinary opportunity to recieve teachings...

New Texts and Catalog of the Dolpopa Collection

An annotated listing of each Tibetan title in the 2011 edition of Dolpopa's Collected Writings is attached below, including a list of the thirteen titles that are not included in either of the Dzamthang editions.

In compiling this, the source statement for each text was translated and included. This indicates whether the particular text is based primarily on newly available sources or solely on the Dzamthang blockprint edition, which is in turn based primarily on the Dzamthang manuscript edition. The Dzamthang manuscript edition did not become available to the outside world until 1992. The Dzamthang blockprint edition followed several years later. The 2011 edition...

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