Tibetan Masters of the 10th-11th Centuries
During this period, there was an influx of new translations, teachers from India who formed the Kadam, Kagyu, and Sakya schools as well as some important Nyingma figures.
The Indian master Atisha's importance to Tibetan Buddhism cannot be overstated. He founded the Kadam school with his students which influenced all the lineages in Tibet. Explore the many works by and about his here.
Rongzom Chökyi Zangpo (1012–1088)—also known as Rongzompa, Rongzom Mahapandita, Rongzom Chozang, and Dharmabhadra— is along with Longchenpa and Mipham Rinpoche, one of the pillars of the Nyingma tradition who systematized much of the philosophical principles of the school.
The great Gampopa, aka Dakpo Lhaje, the physician from Lhaje, was a monk whose systemization of the Kagyu teachings form the root of the Drikung, Drukpa, and Karma branches of the Kagyu tradition.