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Post by sherab zangpo on Wed Mar 04, 2009 3:28 am

All things Lama Taranatha, Dolpopa etc, interesting study and links of History and future of the fifth Tibetan School of Buddhism.

Jonangpa Kalachakra.


http://www.rimebuddhism.com/tradition_jonang.html

http://www.rimebuddhism.com/index.html

http://www.jonangfoundation.org/early-jonang

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taranatha

http://www.jonangpa.com/node/1415


Introduction to the Jonang tradition


Four traditions of Tibetan Buddhism are well-known: Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya
and Gelug. In India, these four traditions were able to register with
the Tibetan government in exile.



There is also a fifth living tradition called Jonang, but this tradition is only officially registered in Tibet.
Our resident teacher Khentrul Rinpoche is a Rime or non-sectarian
master of Tibetan Buddhism, and he feels it is crucial to inform people
about Jonang, which is currently barely known outside Tibet.
Fortunately, due to the generous support of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama, the Jonang teachings have recently begun to spread to other
countries, with an important monastery founded in India and centers
established in America, Taiwan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Russia and
Australia.





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Post by LauraJ on Wed Mar 04, 2009 5:29 am

Zangpo la, this is fascinating! I have never heard of Jonang cyclops

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Post by dorje on Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:21 am

FYI

One of the most important Jonang contribution to Tibetan Buddhism in general is Kalachakra.
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Post by Karma Dondrup Tashi on Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:37 pm

Do they explicitly affirm that Buddha Nature ultimately exists or are they shentongpas of the Great Madhyamaka variery?
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Post by muni on Thu Mar 05, 2009 7:18 am

Karma Dondrup Tashi wrote:Do they explicitly affirm that Buddha Nature ultimately exists or are they shentongpas of the Great Madhyamaka variety?
Shentong. Ultimate reality is empty of everything than itself, beyond duality/concept. _/\_

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Post by sherab zangpo on Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:07 am

dorje wrote:FYI

One of the most important Jonang contribution to Tibetan Buddhism in general is Kalachakra.

The late Bokar Rinpoche of the Kagyupa's and Jonangpa's kalachakra


http://www.kalacakra.org/bokarr/bokarr.htm


For the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, the practices of Kālacakra are derived from the Jonang tradition, in particular the writings of the great Jonang masters, Dolpopa, Tāranātha, and the more recent Banda Gelek.

Many in the Karma Kagyu tradition practise Kālacakra in one form or another, but the chief Kālacakra lineage holder for the Karma Kagyu was Bokar Rinpoche. He passed away on Tuesday 17th August 2004, on the way to hospital from his monastery in Mirik.

He inherited the mantle of Kālacakra lineage holder from the previous Kalu Rinpoche, who passed away in 1989.

The perfection process meditations of Kālacakra are known as the six yogas. More widely known are the six dharmas (or, doctrines) of Nāropa, sometimes misleadingly called the six yogas of Nāropa. The two systems are quite different, but they are both sets of perfection process meditations. The six dharmas of Nāropa are based on the methods of the Cakrasamvara Tantra, and the six yogas are based on the Kālacakra Tantra.

Largely because of the difficulty of finding the necessary texts, before he passed away, Kalu Rinpoche was not able to pass the complete tradition of the six yogas over to Bokar Rinpoche. Bokar Rinpoche therefore felt that the tradition he held, although extensive, was to some extent incomplete. In order to correct this, he recently invited from Dzamthang in Tibet, the Jonang master
Khenpo Kunga Sherab Rinpoche to pass on the full transmission of the Jonang six yogas to Bokar Rinpoche himself, Khenpo Lodro Donyo, and some of Bokar Rinpoche's monks. (I am told that H.H. Dalai Lama also recently requested the same transmission because he felt that his lineage for the six yogas had also been broken.)
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Post by LauraJ on Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:11 am

I thought that HHDL gave kalacakra empowerments. Am I off base?

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Post by sherab zangpo on Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:37 am

Im no expert on kalachakra but a little information might help in this vast topic. Introduction of kalachakra tantra, the surviving condensed tantra at least, into later gelukpa, kagyupa, sakya etc is a little complex. A certain Pandita Nadapada (Naropa) at Nalanda university, before he goes wandering around looking for a certain Tilopa, gives transmission to a certain Atisha, and so on. There is two streams of this line called the Dro and Ra. Ra being more important in sakya school and Mongolian influence. Bustons student hands transmission to a Tsongkhapa, and so on. Kalachakra is not Gelukpas central HYT, that being Guhyasamaja. So kalachakra comes into Tibet from certain angles. The point is, that there was a larger kalachakra tantra, and the one today which is the shorter more condensed kalachakra.
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Post by sherab zangpo on Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:44 am

Of more a general interest would be that the kalachakra six yogas (gelukpa) in my written notes, was presented by first Panchen Lama, the pledges and vows etc were not added, but were inserted much later by a certain Pabongkha. This is perhaps more connected with that websites comments regarding HHDL and lineage issues. I feel that that is really something that is perhaps best left at that, as this perhaps enters some speculation on my behalf, but certainly knowing the current sensitivities surrounding that controversial lama, one can arrive at some idea.

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Post by sherab zangpo on Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:58 am

From wiki.



Spread to Tibet



The Dro lineage was established in Tibet by a Kashmiri disciple of Nalandapa named Pandita Somanatha, who traveled to Tibet in 1027 (or 1064CE, depending on the calendar used), and his translator Droton Sherab Drak Lotsawa, from which it takes its name. The Ra lineage was brought to Tibet by another Kashmiri disciple of Nadapada named Samantashri, and translated by Ra Choerab Lotsawa (or Ra Dorje Drakpa).
The Ra lineage became particularly important in the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism, where it was held by such prominent masters as Sakya Pandita (1182-1251), Drogon Chogyal Pagpa (1235-1280), Budon Rinchendrup (1290-1364), and Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292-1361). The latter two, both of whom also held the Dro lineage, are particularly well known expositors of the Kalachakra in Tibet, the practice of which is said to have greatly informed Dolpopa's exposition of the Shentong view. A strong emphasis on Kalachakra practice and exposition of the Shentong view were the principal distinguishing characteristics of the Jonang school that traces its roots to Dolpopa.
The teaching of the Kalachakra was further advanced by the great Jonang scholar Taranatha (1575-1634). In the 17th century, the Gelug-led government of Tibet outlawed the Jonang school, closing down or forcibly converting most of its monasteries. The writings of Dolpopa, Taranatha, and other prominent Shentong scholars were banned. Ironically, it was also at this time that the Gelug lineage absorbed much of the Jonang Kalachakra tradition.
Today Kalachakra is practiced by all four Tibetan schools of Buddhism, although it appears most prominently in the Gelug lineage. It is the main tantric practice for the Jonang school, which persists to this day with a small number of monasteries in eastern Tibet. Efforts are under way to have the Jonang tradition be recognized officially as a fifth tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
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Post by LauraJ on Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:00 am

This is wonderful information, thank you Zangpo la /\

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Post by sherab zangpo on Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:22 pm

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Post by kiman on Sun Mar 08, 2009 2:30 am

yeah, wonderful...
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Post by sherab zangpo on Sun Mar 15, 2009 6:32 pm

sherab zangpo wrote: Bustons student hands transmission to a Tsongkhapa, and so on.

The name was Bodong Chokle Namgyal who founded the Jonangpa Palmo Chodling monastery, who instructed Tsongkhapa in Kalachakra.

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Post by caz namyaw on Thu Apr 23, 2009 8:23 pm

How interesting....

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