Shakyamuni Buddha and the 17 Pandits of Nalanda

Shakyamuni Buddha and the 17 Pandits of Nalanda

As the Dalai Lama often mentions, Tibetan Buddhism lineage can be traced back to India. And particularily, can be traced to the great monastic institutions of Nalanda and Vikramalishila.

Specifically from Nalanda, there were seventeen pandits, or greatly learned scholars who represented the pinnacle of this monastic institution. In this interesting article, James Blumenthal (former faculty member of Matripa College and Oregon State University), gives a description of these seventeen great pandits of Nalanda.

Read more here.

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