Help “kickstart” documentary about Tibetan Buddhism’s nearly-lost Jonang tradition

Here’s your chance to help “kickstart” knowledge of a supposedly lost Tibetan Buddhist lineage now known to be alive and vital. Filmmaker Alexander Smolowe and the Jonang Foundation are seeking the last bit of underwriting to complete their documentary, Whispering Mountains, about the Jonang tradition and its struggle to survive in remote eastern Tibet.

Established in the 13th century, Jonang and its branch monasteries became known for their devoted practice of the Kalachakra Tantra, as well as a unique and controversial view of ultimate truth. With nearly all of the Jonang monasteries forcibly closed during the 17th-century reign of the fifth Dalai Lama, it was thought that the Jonang way of practice had gone extinct. Whispering Mountains will show that this is not so, sharing “rare footage of this living tradition, its monastic and pilgrimage sites, art and artifacts, interviews with elder Jonang meditation masters, and discussions with scholars.”

The Whispering Mountains Kickstarter campaign closes on July 15, so click here if you’d like to learn more about the project, see their video, and be a part of it.

For more info about the history and current activities of the Jonang tradition, visit the Jonang Foundation’s newly revamped web site.