I always tot that Bon was the 5th Tibetan Tradition but not the 5th Tibetan Buddhist
You are correct that there are five main
religious traditions in Tibet (Gelug, Sakya, Nyingma, Kagyu, Bön), however there are also some other minor schools of Tibetan Buddhism, of which Jonang is one (and from what I can gather, the most well known of these minor schools). Actually, I knew nothing about the Jonangpa until I read about a certain Jonang lama who came to Europe about a month ago to give Kalachakra empowerments and teachings (the Jonangpa specialize in Kalachakra teachings).http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tibetan_BuddhismBesides these major schools, there are a number of minor ones like Jonang. The Jonangpa were suppressed by the rival Gelugpa in the 1600s and were once thought extinct, but are now known to survive in Eastern Tibet.
Ngawang Drolma wrote:
I'd like to just note here that while I have a healthy respect for Bon, it's not considered a branch of Buddhism.
Yeah, I know. I included it for the sake of being complete and because modern Bön is incredibly similar to Tibetan Buddhism. Also, many modern Bönpo (such as Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche) call the founder of their religion, Tönpa Shenrap, a Buddha.