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The Jonangpa Blog

Tāranātha’s Descriptions of Tārā

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 1st in a 2 part series. By Thomas Roth, a contributing author to the Jonangpa blog.

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Jonang Tāranātha’s famous compilation of yidam deities, known as the Ocean of Yidam Deities , contains the descriptions and short sādhanas for altogether 417 deities. Among them are no less than 42 aspects of Tārā. Tāranātha’s Ocean of Yidam Deities has often been published in omnibus with two other, smaller collections. Namely the 100 Deities of Narthang and the Vajrāvalī , compiled by the famous 12th century Indian scholar and tantric master Abhayākara-Gupta. [1]

The 100 Deities of Narthang contains another two aspects of Tārā, whereas there is only a single one to be found in the Vajrāvalī. That however, is the most important form of Vajra Tārā, whose practice was very widespread, particularly in the Indian regions of Bhaṅgala and Oḍiviśa, which corresponds to most of present-day Bangladesh and the eastern Indian state of Orissa.

Tibet House Event

Special Celebration of "As Long As Space Endures"

Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies presents:

Tibet House Thursday February 26th 7pm 22 W. 15th Street

Free to the Public

In this event, the editor of the new volume on the Kalachakra As Long as Space Endures (Snow Lion, '09) will discuss the volume and the new temple, and three contributors — Joseph Loizzo, Michael Sheehy, and William Bushell — will discuss and read from their chapters on the history, practice, and scientific relevance of the Kalachakra teachings.

Join us for this very special event to...

New Kalachakra Book

As Long As Space Endures: Essays on the Kalacakra Tantra

The Kalachakra ( Wheel of Time ) Tantra system is considered in the Tibetan tradition to be the pinnacle of Buddhist teaching, providing the clearest and most comprehensive exposition of how the highest potential for individual transformation is embedded within cosmic and social realities. The volume As Long As Space Endures: Essays on the Kalachakra Tantra celebrates the transmission of these important teachings.

This volume features two dozen translations and studies by top international scholars. There are several articles related to the Jonang tradition including: an article on the Jonang Kalachakra lineage history, a description...

Dolpopa's Elusive Kalachakra Annotations

This post is titled, Dolpopa's Elusive Annotations to the Kālachakra Commentary . By Cyrus Stearns, a contributing author to the Jonangpa blog.

Dolpopa's fabled annotations to the Stainless Light commentary on the Kālachakra Tantra remain elusive. An incomplete annotated manuscript of the Stainless Light (missing chapter 5) was reproduced in the Paltseg Kālachakra Commentary Series . This text was mistakenly identified as Dolpopa's annotations, although in the booklet accompanying the collection the publisher does acknowledge the uncertainty of the identification. The manuscript is actually another, somewhat variant, copy of Chogle Namgyal's annotations (also published in vols. 4–5 of the same collection), not those of...

7th Jonang Monlam

7th Annual Jonang Monlam, India

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We have posted a selection of photos from the 7th annual Jonang Monlam or Prayer Festival in Bodh Gaya, India. The photos include numerous images of torma, the Tibetan effigies used in the prayer ceremonies. The torma represent various deities and symbolic imagery associated with the Kalachakra and other tantric systems. There are also images of the Karmapa, Tulku Tashi Gyaltsen of the Dorje Ling centers, and Khenpo Chonam of Jonang Takten Ling Monastery in Shimla, India. Photos are courtesy of Thomas Roth.

Notes on Jonang Series II

The second set in the Jonang Publication Series ( Jo nang dpe tshogs ) was recently published (vols. 11-21) in Beijing. [1] This annual series is dedicated to making select works on sūtra and tantra from the Jonang exegetical tradition available in softcover book form. Each Tibetan text in the series was chosen from the corpus of Jonang Tibetan Buddhist literature, and several of the rare works included in the series have only recently been recovered through our efforts at Jonang Foundation.

Texts were digitally inputted and edited by Tibetan Jonang scholars and monks in China as part of this ongoing publication project. Selections...

The Quintessence of Zhentong

Thinking about this well structured collection of 108 instructions, I thought to pick a few and post them. Feeling predictable, I wanted to start with what you may expect to find on this blog, the instructions on zhentong (#25). However, as we read through this instruction, its presentation is perhaps less obvious than expected (or maybe not).

What makes this particular instruction so interesting is that it seems to be the only surviving fragment of the writings attributed to the Tibetan master Tsen Khawoché (b. 1021), a major figure in the transmission of zhentong and the Five Treatises of Maitreya .” [1] Again, we...

Pilgrimage to Tibet

Discovering the Jonang: A Pilgrimage Through Central Tibet

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July 10-26

Join us this summer on a pilgrimage to the power places of the Jonangpa in Central Tibet.

Pilgrims will have the unusual opportunity to visit the most significant historical sites of the Jonangpa heritage in the extraordinary Land of Snow. Among other sites, we will visit the mountain retreat of Dolpopa at the Great Stupa of Jonang and Taranatha's fortress monastery Takten Phuntsok Ling as well as Sakya, Gyantse Stupa,...

Italy Teachings '09

Teaching Tour in Italy, 2009

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In Collaboration with Dorje Ling Jonang Buddhist Centers and Mandala Centers, Italy

We are pleased to announce Tulku Tashi Gyaltsen Rinpoche's teaching tour in Italy this February. For those of you who joined us last winter in Italy for the great Kalachakra empowerment and teaching tour, we hope that you continue this year. For others interested in these teachings, we invite you to join in Tulku Tashi Gyaltsen Rinpoche's visit.

Karmapa at Monlam

Karmapa at the Jonang Monlam in Bodh Gaya, India

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His Holiness the 17th Karmapa attended the 7th Annual Jonang Monlam ― Great Prayer Festival ― at the Mahabodhi Stupa in Bodh Gaya, India. He was joined by Tashi Gyaltsen Rinpoche of the Dorje Ling centers, Khenpo Chonam and the young monks of Jonang Takten Phuntsok Ling Monastery in Shimla, and Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche from Tergar Monastery. The Karmapa joined the morning prayer session of the final day of the Jonang Monlam.