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Maitripa (1007-1078) was an Indian Buddhist teacher who studied at both Nalanda and Vikramashila Monasteries. At Nalanda he studied with the famous teacher Naropa, however at Vikramashila during the tenure of Atisha, he was expelled because of his behaviour. After leaving the monastic life he lived and practiced as an ascetic yogi. Meeting with the great mahasiddha Shavaripa, Maitripa took him as a principal teacher and studied the special techniques of Mahamudra. He was looked upon as a greatly accomplished one of the Buddhist Tantric system (mahasiddha) and is most famous for teaching the Mahamudra philosophy and practice to the Tibetan translator Marpa Chokyi Lodro - the equally famous teacher of Milarepa.

Jeff Watt 3-2015 [updated 1-2020]