1299-1354. Jonang Lotsawa Lodro Pal

Associated Person/Place: Jonang Lotsawa Lodro Pal Lodrö Pal was one of Dölpopa's fourteen major disciples. He was a great Sanskrit scholar who completed a new translation of the Kalacakra Tantra and the Vimalaprabha. Dölpopa personally selected Lodrö Pal as his successor and the fifth holder of the monastic seat of Jonang monastery. Lodrö Pal also made important new additions…

1299-1373. Drigung Lotsawa Manikashri Jnana

Associated Person/Place: Drigung Lotsawa Manikashri Jnana Drigung Lotsawa, who was one of Dölpopa's fourteen major disciples, was a master of Sanskrit studies. He also held the monastic seat of the great Kagyu monastery of Drigung as a young man. After studying with Dölpopa, Drigung Lotsawa became an ardent defender of the shentong view and spead…

1306-1386. Chogle Namgyal

Associated Person/Place: Chogle Namgyal Chogle Namgyal (1306-1386), who was one of Dolpopa's fourteen major disciples, was the only master to hold the monastic seat of Jonang Monastery twice, for a total of about twenty years. He wrote many important works, especially a series of treatises on the sixfold vajrayoga of Kalachakra based on the teachings…

1319-1401. Gharungwa Lhai Gyaltsen

Associated Person/Place: Gharungwa Lhai Gyaltsen Gharungwa, who was one of Dölpopa's fourteen major disciples, studied at many Sakya and Kagyu monasteries before first meeting Dölpopa. After receiving the six-branch yoga and other instructions from Dölpopa, Gharungwa gained exceptional experience in meditation. He also received many profound transmissions from other major disciples of Dölpopa. Gharungwa became…

1507-1566. Kunga Drolchok

Associated Person/Place: Kunga Drolchok Kunga Drolchok was one of the greatest masters of 16th century Tibet. He studied, practiced, and taught many different teachings from various lineages, but especially those of the Sakya, Shangpa, and Jonang traditions. Kunga Drolchok’s exemplary life of nonsectarian study and practice, and his many written works, were later an inspiring…

1575-1635. Taranatha

Associated Person/Place: Taranatha Jetsun Taranatha was born at Karag (kha rag) in the hereditary line of the great Tibetan translator Ra Lotsawa Dorje Drak. His Tibetan name was Kunga Nyingpo, but he is generally known by the name Taranatha, which he received in a vision from a great Indian adept. When he was about one…

1618-1683. Lodro Namgyal

Associated Person/Place: Lodro Namgyal Traveled from Takten Damcho Ling Monastery in Central Tibet to live in Dzamthang for 12 years. Recieved the full Kalachakra transmissions from Taranatha and Kunga Rinchen Gyatso. In the year 1658, performed the great Kalachakra empowerment at Dzamthang Tsangwa Monastery during its inauguration ceremony. Read more about Lodro Namgyal Primary Date: 1618 to 1683

1657-1723. Ngawang Trinle

Associated Person/Place: Ngawang Trinle Ngawang Trinle (ngag dbang 'phrin las) was born in the Chozar (chos zar) region of Tsang in central Tibet in 1657. At the age of sixteen he took ordination from his paternal uncle, Lodro Namgyel (blo gros rnam rgyal, 1618-1683), a disciple of Taranata Kunga Nyingpo (tA ra nA tha kun…

1844-1904. Bamda Tubten Gelek

Associated Person/Place: Bamda Tubten Gelek Born in the village of "Bamda," a few kilometers from Tsangwa Monastery in the Dzamthang valley of Amdo, Bamda Tubten Gelek Gyatso was educated within the Jonang tradition at Dzamthang from the time he was a child. As a young man, Bamda Lama then traveled to the Derge district of…

1920-1975. Khenpo Lodro Drakpa

Associated Person/Place: Khenpo Lodro Drakpa Khenpo Ngawang Lodro Drakpa (1920-1975), a vajra master (rdo rje slob dpon) at Tsangwa Monastery in the Dzamthang region of Amdo — often referred to as “Mati Rinpoche” — was one of the leading intellectual figures and most prolific Jonangpa authors of the twentieth century. Read more about Khenpo Lodro Drakpa Primary…