HH the 14th Dalai Lama on the Jonang Kalacakra Six Yogas and Shentong – English translation

HH the 14th Dalai Lama has been a strong advocate and supporter of the Jonang teachings on Kalacakra and Shentong flourishing in exile. He was good friends with the late, 9th Jetsun Kalkha Dhampa.

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HE 9th Jetsun Khalka Dhampa

An example of HH’s support can be read in his beautiful Aspiration for Jonang Teachings composed in 2001.


HH 14th Dalai Lama with Jonang master, Khenpo Kunga Sherab Rinpoche.

Recently, the Jonang Well-Being Association in Exile prepared a compilation of video teachings of HH Dalai Lama talking about the Jonang, the Shentong view and the Kalacakra Six Yogas. This was only in Tibetan.


Jonang Representative in exile, Chokyi Nangwa Rinpoche and Head of the Jonang Well-Being Association, Tsewang, present a copy of their compilation of HH’s teachings on Jonang to Kalon Karma Gelek Yutok in November 2017, Dharamsala, India.

Out of my own interest, and for the benefit of others interested in what HH has to say on this topic, I decided to translate it into English.

In the teachings, HH mentions many times a Jonang stanza by Taranatha that he finds especially inspiring. it is not an easy passage to understand nor to translate, but here is my humble effort, based on HH’s explanations of it. Apologies for any errors on my side!

The naked state of illusory, self-manifesting appearances,

is luminous awareness without reference point;

left remaining the inexpressible sphere;

vividly flickering great bliss.

A beautiful stanza indeed. Here is the Tibetan of it:

སྒྱུ་མའི་རང་སྣང་རྗེན་ནེ་ནེ། །

གཏད་མེད་རིག་པ་གསལ་ལ་ལ། །

བརྗོད་མེད་དབྱིངས་སུ་ཐལ་ལ་ལ། །


Please see here for the complete translation of HH’s teaching on this topic in English.

The Youtube video of the teachings in Tibetan, with Tibetan subtitles is available here. (and see below)

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIN-YwUOz0Q&w=560&h=315]

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