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Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyeltsen(1182 - 1251) (sa skya paNDi ta kun dga' rgyal mtshan)


One of the Five Superiors of the Sakya Tradition. He is also known by the shorter names of Sakya Pandita and Sapan.

Sakya Pandita was the son of Panden Odpo, and Jetsun Drakpa Gyeltsen's nephew. He spoke Sanskrit fluently as a small child. Sakya Pandita received teachings from many Indian and Tibetan masters, including Jetsun Drakpa Gyeltsen himself, and became a highly accomplished master, hence he received the title of Pandita.

He was a very profilic writer and composed many important treatises, including texts on Buddhist Logic, Vinaya and Vajrayana.


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