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The Jonang (jo nang) tradition was founded by Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (dol po pa shes rab rgyal mtshan), who ascended to the throne of Jonang monastery in 1326. Trained in the Sakya tradition, Dolpopa’s controversial teachings, especially his emphasis on the view known as shentong (gzhan stong) or emptiness of other, and the institutional independence of Jonang monastery, established the Jonang tradition apart as an independent tradition, although many members of the Sakya tradition continue to consider Jonang to be a subsect of that tradition. Dolpopa, like his predecessors at Jonang, particularly emphasized the teachings of the Kalacakra Tantra and its completion-stage practices known as the six-branch yoga (rnal ’byor yan lag drug pa), while also transmitting many other systems of Vajrayana and Mahayana Buddhism. Fllowing the death of the great Jonang scholar Taranata (tA ra nA tha), the Jonang tradition was suppressed in the seventeenth century by the Fifth Dalai Lama; its monasteries were converted to the Gelug tradition and the teachings banned. The tradition has survived in the Dzamtang (’dzam thang) region of Amdo.