Rongzom Chokyi Zangpo

Rongzom Chökyi Zangpo (eleventh century) was an important translator and exegete of New Translation School literature and the first defender of the Old Translation School. His works, whether translations from Sanskrit, commentaries on canonical texts, or original compositions such as Entering the Way of the Great Vehicle, sit on both sides of the Old School/New School boundary. He is remarkable among Old School figures in that the majority of them confined their literary output to the esoteric traditions of their past, whereas Rongzom engaged extensively with the New School literature and philosophy. He is regarded as one of the two archetypal figures for the Nyingma by no less an authority than the nineteenth-century scholar and adept Ju Mipham.

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