Today the Parinirvana of Jonang master, Jetsun Taranatha (1575-1634)

Today, the 28th day of the 3rd lunar month, is said to be the Paranirvana day of Jetsün Taranatha (Tib. རྗེ་བཙུན་ཏཱ་ར་ནཱ་ཐ་, Wyl. rje btsun tA ra nA tha) or Kunga Nyingpo(ཀུན་དགའ་སྙིང་པོ་, kun dga’ snying po) (1575-1634). A great accomplished master of the Jonang tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

After the Gelug forceful takeover and suppression of Jonang monasteries in Central Tibet, the 5th Dalai Lama recognized the son of a Khalkha Mongol Khan as the reincarnation of Jetsün Tarnatha. This boy and his successive incarnations became the Jetsün Dampa Hutuktu (Tib. རྗེ་བཙུན་དམ་པ་ཧུ་ཐུག་ཏུ་, Wyl. rje btsun dam pa hu thug tu), the spiritual heads of the Gelug lineage in Mongolia.

Many monastics in Tibet and in exile today will be remembering and paying homage to not only one of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist lineage masters of Jonang but also within Tibetan Buddhism. Without whom many great teachings on Shentong and Kalacakra would not be available still today. Today is a good day to read the biography, texts and supplications to Jetsun Taranatha. May the Jonang teachings flourish!

For more on his amazing life and accomplishments see the bio at Treasury of Lives:


The supreme master of all yogas


Who realised the ultimate Dharma endowed with all aspects

Who went beyond all nirvana and samsara


I bow down at the feet of Taranatha.

Translated by Adele Tomlin, 13th May 2018.



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