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Jonang officially recognized
« on: September 28, 2011, 07:53:33 am »
Buddhist conference confirms Jonang as a separate school
http://www.phayul.com/news/article.aspx?id=30077&article=Buddhist+conference+confirms+Jonang+as+a+separate+school

Phayul[Wednesday, September 28, 2011 13:35]
By Tendar Tsering


Great Stupa of Jonang (Jonang Kumbum), U-Tsang Region in South Central Tibet; completed in 1333 by Dolpopa Sherab


DHARAMSHALA, September 27: Following years of research and deliberation, a high-level conference of Tibetan Buddhist practitioners and teachers confirmed the 11th century Jonang tradition as a major school of Tibetan Buddhism.

The endorsement came during the three-day 11th Buddhist conference held in Dharamshala last week which was attended by heads and representatives of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism and the ancient Tibetan religion of Bon.

The conference accorded the status of a separate sect to Jonang, noting its distinct philosophical stand-point and tradition within the ambit of Tibetan Buddhism.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, while presiding over the meeting on the second day had urged the gathering of religious leaders to consider the Jonang issue “seriously.”

According to the north India based Jonang Takten Phuntsok Choeling Monastery, the Jonangpa tradition was founded in 1027 A.D. with a distinct philosophical viewpoint on the nature of reality. The tradition was further systemized and promoted by Kunkhen Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292-1361 A.D), the founder of the Middle-Way School of Extrinsic Emptiness of both Sutra and Tantra.

Kungpang Thugje Tsondue (1243-1313 A.D.), the first throne holder of the Jonang School, founded a monastery in Jomonang in U-tsang, and the monastery became known as the Jonangpa monastery.

Although the Jonang was considered to have been extinct since its17th century demise in Central Tibet, recent findings had traced the existence of its lineage and practice holders in eastern Tibet.

Jonang’s Shimla based monastery confirms the existence of over 60 Jonangpa monasteries supporting more that 10,000 monks in Tibet’s eastern region of Ngaba, Zamthang, and Golok.
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Re: Jonang officially recognized
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2011, 08:39:00 am »
Interesting.
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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2011, 10:24:30 am »
What wonderful news, and what a boost to the work of those in that living tradition:

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Re: Jonang officially recognized
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2011, 05:33:49 pm »
So...another one on the bandwagon...

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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2011, 08:20:23 pm »
Nice to see sectarianism lessening. The fact that the conference had Bonpos says something right there. Plus I personally find the Jonang views interesting.

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Re: Jonang officially recognized
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2011, 08:33:34 pm »
And it only took a thousand years...

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« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2011, 12:43:27 am »
And I should have been grateful for my ex bosses....and their decision making...

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« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2011, 01:03:50 am »
Yep, there's no end to wise and benificent actions flowing from the Dalai Lama, hm Yeshe? :)
Sergeant Schultz was onto something.

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Re: Jonang officially recognized
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2011, 03:10:11 am »
About bloody time, I mean comeon the Bonpos got more recognition then the Jonangpas. There seems to be something about banned teachings making a recognised return later on. 
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« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2011, 05:53:09 am »
Yep, there's no end to wise and benificent actions flowing from the Dalai Lama, hm Yeshe? :)

OK - I'll answer. :)

Which Dalai Lama? 

Historically, the Jonangpa suffered serious persecution at the hands of a previous Dalai Lama and the Gelugpa sect. 

It is unlikely that the Dalai Lama's spirit 'protector', Dorje Drakden (via the Nechung Oracle), now still finds the Jonang a threat, hence the current Dalai Lama's change of heart.

Whatever the reason, this thread is again an opportunity to celebrate religious freedom.  ;D

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« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2011, 06:55:59 am »
Can I "like" Yeshe's response?  :)

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« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2011, 10:54:46 am »
Can I "like" Yeshe's response?  :)

Only the last line! LOL :)

As I performed Kangso and my HYT sessions today it reminded me how damned luck I am to be able to practise as I please.  I'm not starving, I have a home and income and I have access to the Dharma.

Over history, so many have suffered terrible hardships.  We reap the rewards of their courage, and should always celebrate the lineages which have survived to teach us so well, and it is in that light that I express my joy that the Jonang has survived and is a meaningful presence today.  I hope this new profile helps with attracting students to such wonderful teachers as Tashi Nyima . _/\_

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Re: Jonang officially recognized
« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2011, 11:59:29 am »
http://tinyurl.com/4yq3az9

Good to know your history, in many cases. 

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Re: Jonang officially recognized
« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2011, 12:29:12 pm »
http://tinyurl.com/4yq3az9

Good to know your history, in many cases.


It's quite long.  is there an extract which makes the point you want to introduce? :)

http://www.jonangfoundation.org/faq#2

http://kalachakranet.org/kalachakra_tantra_jonang_history.html
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Re: Jonang officially recognized
« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2011, 05:10:06 pm »
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About bloody time, I mean comeon the Bonpos got more recognition then the Jonangpas. There seems to be something about banned teachings making a recognised return later on.
Yeah I was thinking about Joan of Arc....

 


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