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Sajjana(b. 11th century - ) 

An eleventh-century Kashmiri scholar that was the source from which many prominent Tibetan scholars and translators of the day received teachings. Most notably he taught the Ratnagotravibhāga to Ngok Lotsāwa and Tsen Khawoche, which spread in Tibet as the Ngok and Tsen traditions and became the two primary trends that influenced much of the history of the Tibetan exegesis of the treatise. He also helped Ngok translate the text and worked with several other Tibetan translators on works that were later included in the Tibetan canon.

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"As to the interpretation of Buddha-nature, on the other hand, Sajjana and rNgog hold different views, for Sajjana equates Buddha-nature with the luminous mind, which is not empty, while rNgog equates it with emptiness." Kano, K., Buddha-Nature and Emptiness, p. 239.

Other names

  • པཎྜི་ཏ་ས་ཛ་ན་ · other names (Tibetan)
  • ས་ཛཛ་ན་ · other names (Tibetan)
  • paN+Di ta sa dza na · other names (Wylie)
  • sa dzdza na · other names (Wylie)
  • Notes on names: In some of the recensions of the Ratnagotravibhāga, such as in the Derge Tengyur, as well as in Dölpopa's commentary we find Sajjana's name rendered into Sanskrit as Sadjñāna.

Affiliations & relations

  • Ratnavajra · familial relation
  • Mahājana · familial relation
  • Ratnavajra · teacher
  • gzus dga' ba'i rdo rje · student
  • te dza de ba · student
  • btsan kha bo che · student
  • rngog blo ldan shes rab · student