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Taranatha Pecha Set

Handwritten Works by Taranatha

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This is a reproduction of handwritten manuscripts of the Collected Works of Jetsun Taranatha in ten volumes. This edition is in cursive Tibetan script in pecha format. Published in China at Krung go'i bod rig pa dpe skrun khang (Beijing, 2008).

The set is an alternative version of texts from those printed from the Drepung, Phuntsok Ling, and Dzamthang editions of Taranatha's writings. Includes: Booklet table of contents with short biography of author. Unbound loose leaf folio with...

Taranatha Book Set

Taranatha's Collected Works as Book Set

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The complete set of the Jonang scholar Taranatha's (1575-1635) Collected Works are now being made available in paperback book form for the first time. The collection is 45 volumes in total. Published in China as part of Mes po'i shul bzhag series (Beijing, 2008). The set is based on rare manuscripts from the Drepung Library Collection, and texts differ slightly from both the Leh edition (reproduced from the Phuntsok Ling blocks) and the Dzamthang prints.

New Master Bios.

JF's Masters Database

One of the ongoing projects that we have been developing on the main website is our Masters Database in conjunction with the Sites Database . Recently we have added, expanded, and updated a few Jonang lineage masters. These include: Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen , Nyawon Kunga Pal , and the Indian mahasiddha Buddhagupta who was a teacher of Taranatha. We will be regularly adding short biographies for new masters and expanding those that we have already entered. We are also working on new maps for the Sites Database.

Tāranātha’s Travels in Mongolia

There is an intriguing and somewhat mystifying narrative that has been popularized about the Tibetan Jonang master Tāranātha (1575-1635). This narrative suggests an account of Tāranāha's life story in which he traveled to Mongolia from his seat at
Takten Damchö Ling Monastery
in Central Tibet during the latter part of his life and that while there, he established several monasteries before finally passing away in Ulan Bator, the capital city in the republic of the Mongols.

This narrative on Tāranāha's travels and death in Mongolia has become so popular and widely accepted as factual that it is often the standard...

The Life of Buddhagupta-nātha

The following post is titled, A Brief Sketch of the Life of Buddhagupta-nātha . By Thomas Roth, a contributing author to the Jonangpa blog.

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Jonang Jetsun Rinpoche, better known as Jonang Tāranātha (1575-1635), is well known for the many histories that he authored. Especially his famous History of Buddhism in India , The Seven Instruction Lineages and the Origin of the Tārā-Tantras , as well as his Kālacakra and Vajrabhairava histories, give us a fairly good idea of the development of many siddha lineages in...

Praise to Shavaripa

We have recently added a translation of Dolpopa's poetic tribute to the Indian adept Shavaripa titled, "Praise to the Mahasiddha Shavaripa."

An excerpt from this short piece reads,

The dakas of the three places dance in formation, Dakinis sing sacred songs with roaring voices, Proclaiming various dharmas with jingling sound; Glorious hermit, at your feet I supplicate!

The translation is courtesy of Thomas Roth.

Kongtrul's Jonangpa Connections

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One of the most fascinating figures in Tibetan history, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodrö Thayé (1813-1899) is also one of the most studied Tibetan masters. In addition to several articles on his life and works, numerous volumes of his writings and compendiums have now been translated into English and other European languages, including his autobiography, A Gem of Many Colors . [1] Though his works are well known and he is often considered a reviver of Tibetan traditions including the Jonang, his connections with Jonangpa masters have not been made explicit. In order to reveal some of these connections, I recently started to sift through his record of received transmissions ( gsan yig ), and I thought to jot a few notes here. [2]

Are there Geluk Zhentongpas?

Are there Geluk zhentongpas? This is a question that I've been asking for some time. Fortunately, a set of rare texts that were recently recovered from Tibet may shed some light on this. Made available in late 2007, there are four published books by two authors of the Geluk tradition that deserve particular attention. These manuscripts were collected from library archives in Tibet and reproduced via computer input as part of the longer Mes po'i shul bzhag series published by China’s Tibetology Publishing House (Beijing, 2007). This set of works includes the three volume Collected Works of Gungru Gyaltsen Zangpo (1383-1450), and one volume from the writings of Kunkhyen Lodrö...

The 21 Tārās of Sūrya-Gupta

The following post is titled, "A Description of the Various Aspects of Tārā as Contained in Jonang Tāranātha’s Ocean of Yidam Deities , the 100 Deities of Narthang and the Vajrāvalī of Abhayākara-Gupta." This is the 2nd in a 2 part series. By Thomas Roth, a contributing author to the Jonangpa blog.

There are at least four traditions of describing the 21 Tārās. [1] Those of Sūrya-Gupta (7th/8th cent.), Atīśa Dipaṃkara (982-1054), Longchen Rabjampa (1308-1363), and Terchen Chokgyur Lingpa (1829-1870). The latter three traditions are very similar in so far as the individual Tārās are described as varying only slightly in body color...

The 8 Mahasiddhas

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The most recent addition to our online library is a translation of Dolpopa's "Praise to the Eight Siddhas." A short poetical tribute to the mahasiddhas or great tantric adepts of India. This liturgical piece is of particular importance because it is one of the earliest — if not the earliest — extent praise to these siddhas in Tibetan literature. For this reason, Dolpopa's description of the iconography of the siddhas gives us a glimpse into his visionary life, as well as how this classic set of siddhas was portrayed in early Tibetan art.