The Tantric Lineage of Kalachakra Vajra Yoga

It is said that the Buddha first taught these secret tantra teachings in Drepung in South India (Amaravati). The main recipient of these teachings was King Suchandra of Shambhala. King Suchandra put the Tantra into writing and composed commentaries. The lineage was upheld by 7 Dharma Kings and 11 Kalki Kings before arriving in the land of India.

Before the 10th century, the Kalachakra teachings were not practised in India. However, the great Indian Mahasiddha Manjuvajra is said to have attained miraculous powers and traveled to Shambhala. Upon returning he transmitted the lineage to his disciple Shribhadra.

Shribhadra’s student, the great Pandita Dawa Gonpo, spent most of his life in Tibet working with Dro Lotsawa to translate the entire Kalachakra teachings. The lineage was then preserved through many Tibetan masters such as Lama Lhaje Gompa, Lama Droton Namsek and the great Yumo Mikyo Dorje, who shared the teachings widely.

In the 13th century, Kunpang Thukje Tsondru received over 17 different Kalachakra lineages from many different masters and spent many years in retreat practising the Six Vajra Yogas in a place known as Jomonang. This later became the site of the main Jonang monastery, also known as the Second Shambhala. Thukje Tsondru then combined these lineages into a single extraordinary practice lineage which has been the core of the Jonang curriculum to this day.

Lineage Masters
1.  Primordial Buddha (Svabhavikakaya)
2.  Vajradhara (Dharmakaya)
3.  Kalachakra (Sambhogakaya)
4.  Suchandra
5.  Sureshvara
6.  Taji
7.  Somadatta
8.  Sureshvara
9.  Vishvamurti
10. Sureshana
11. [Manjushri] Yashas
12. Pundarika
13. Badra
14. Vijaya
15. Sumitra
16. Raktapani
17. Vishnugupta
18. Arkakirti
19. Subhadra
20. Samudravijaya
21. Aja
22. Manjuvajra
23. Shri Badra
24. Bodhibadra
25. Somanatha
26. Drotön Lotsawa
27. Lama Lhaje Gompa
28. Lama Drotön Namseg
29. Lama Drupchen Yumo
30. Tséchok Dharmeshvara
31. Khipa Namkha’i Öser
32. Machig Tulku Jobum
33. Lama Druptop Sechen
34. Chöje Jamyang Sarma
35. Kunkhyen Chöku Öser
36. Kunpang Thukje Tsondru
37. Jangsem Gyalwa Yeshe
38. Khetsun Yonten Gyatso
39. Kunkhyen Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen
40. Chögyal Choklé Namgyal
41. Tsungmed Nyabön Kunga
42. Drupchen Kunga Lodrö
43. Jamyang Konchog Zangpo
44. Drenchok Namkha Tsenchen
45. Panchen Namkha Palzang
46. Lochen Ratnabhadra
47. Palden Kunga Drolchok
48. Kenchen Lungrik Gyatso
49. Jetsun Taranatha
50. Ngonjang Rinchen Gyatso
51. Khidrup Lodrö Namgyal
52. Drupchen Ngawang Trinlé
53. Ngawang Tenzin Namgyal
54. Ngawang Khetsun Dargé
55. Kunzang Trinlé Namgyal
56. Nuden Lhundrub Gyatso
57. Konchok Jigmé Namgyal
58. Ngawang Chöphel Gyatso
59. Ngawang Chökyi Phakpa
60. Ngawang Chöjor Gyatso
61. Ngawang Chözin Gyatso
62. Ngawang Tenpa Rabgye
63. Ngawang Lobsang Trinlé
64. Khentrul Jamphel Lodrö