Rongtonpa

Rongtön Sheja Künrig, also known as Rongtonpa and Shakya Gyaltsen (1367–1449), was one of the greatest scholars of the Sakya school, and indeed in all Tibetan history, who, like his principal teacher Yaktön Sangye Pal, is especially renowned for his mastery of the prajnaparamita teachings and the text of the Abhisamayalankara. He taught at the great Sangphu Neuthog, and founded his own monastery of Nalendra in 1436. His most famous disciples were Shakya Chokden and Gorampa Sönam Senge. According to Shakya Chokden, he “had more students who understood philosophical texts than any Tibetan teacher of all time.”

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