Mission & Vision
As a non-profit corporation and online educational resource, we at Jonang Foundation work with the living Jonang tradition in order to support the Jonangpa inside Tibet as well as to promote understanding of this little-known Tibetan Buddhist tradition through research and scholarship.
The mission and vision for which Jonang Foundation was founded and organized is to facilitate greater preservation, documentation, revivification and transmission of the Jonang lineage from its ancient ancestors up to the living tradition; collection, conservation and diffusion of Jonang art and literature; translation of seminal Jonang historical, philosophical and contemplative Tibetan literary works into Western languages; development of educational institutions including schools, monasteries, retreat facilities and libraries that support the Jonang; promotion of the distinct intellectual, creative and spiritual Jonang heritage.
History of Jonang Foundation
Jonang Foundation was conceived in the summer of 2004 in the Golok region of Amdo, Tibet (Qinghai Province, PRC) by Michael Sheehy and Cynthia Williams. Over the course of several conversations with Khenpo Kunga Sherab Salje Rinpoche, and several other prominent Jonang lamas in the Golok and Dzamthang areas, it became apparent that there was the need for an organization to help facilitate the emergence of the Jonang tradition into the world beyond the cultural parameters of Tibet.
In February of 2006, the Jonang Foundation was incorporated as a U.S. nonprofit organization in the state of California in order to support the activities and carry-out the intents of the newly formed Jonang Standing Council and the Jonang tradition in general. The foundation established its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in the state of Massachusetts in 2013.
The Guiding Principles
- Preservation of the Jonang tradition in all its authentic expressions
- Education of the intellectual, artistic, and contemplative traditions of the Jonang for students inside Tibet as well as within the international community
- Translation of seminal works of Jonang literature with an emphasis on texts of historical, philosophical, and contemplative significance
- Documentation of the distinctive Jonang Buddhist heritage in its contemporary contexts through multiple media
- Revivification of the living Jonang tradition inside Tibet including the restoration and renovation of monasteries, nunneries, Buddhist studies colleges and meditation retreat facilities
To support the work of Jonang Foundation or directly contribute to any one of these projects, please see our Support page.