In response to the requests of Jonang masters that seminal works of their tradition now be made available to a larger audience, and aware of the increasing interest and demand for Western language materials that inform readers about this little-known Buddhist tradition, Jonang Foundation has formed the Ngedon Thartuk Translation Initiative.
This initiative is a committee comprised of trained Tibetan and Western scholars working in collaboration.
Works of Priority
Classical and contemporary works of Jonang literature selected as priority for translation include:
- Light of the Moon: A History of the Jonang Tibetan Buddhist Tradition by Khenpo Ngawang Lodro Drakpa (1920-75). The comprehensive history of the Jonang tradition from its Indian origins, through its seventeenth century persecution, up to the living Jonang tradition in Far Eastern Tibet.
- The Fearless Lion's Roar: The Great Exposition on Zhentong by Khenpo Ngawang Lodro Drakpa (1920-75). An elucidation of the philosophical view known as zhentong or extrinsic emptiness, includes both sutra and tantra zhentong.
- Jonang Kalachakra Lineage Masters by Changsem Gyalwa Yeshe (1247-1320). A collection of short biographies of the early Tibetan Kalachakra masters up to the thirteenth century.
- The Definitive Ascertainment of Zhentong by Jetsun Taranatha (1575-1634). A complete explanation of the zhentong view according to the Great Madhyamaka system upheld by the Jonang.
- Commentary on the Unexcelled Continuum by Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292-1361). Dolpopa's detailed commentary on Maitreya's Uttaratantra along with his word-by-word commentary on Asanga's explanation of Maitreya's root verses on Buddhanature.
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