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Subject: Seventeen Great Scholars of Nalanda Monastery

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Seventeen Scholars of Nalanda Monastery
1. Nagarjuna
2. Acharya Aryadeva
3. Buddhapalita
4. Bhavaviveka
5. Chandrakirti
6. Shantideva
7. Shantarakshita
8. Kamalashila
9. Arya Asanga
10. Acharya Vasubandhu
11. Dignaga
12. Dharmakirti
13. Vimuktisena
14. Simhabhadra
15. Gunaprabha
16. Sakyaprabha
17. Dipamkara Atisha

A modern adaptation and expanded version of the Six Ornaments and Two Excellent Ones is the system of the Seventeen Great Scholars (or Pandits) of Nalanada Monastery which appears to be a more recent grouping (20th century) of the important Buddhist scholars of India. It has been promoted and referred to extensively by the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. The Seventeen are likely to be selected based on the important Indian teachers of the Lamrim Lineage of the Gelug Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Jeff Watt 4-2009