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Tibetan: mar me dzad
Sanskrit: Atisha, Shri Dipamkara Jnana
Atisha Dipamkara Shrijnana (982 -1055 CE) was a renowned Buddhist scholar and teacher at the monastic university, Vikramashila, in India. He was invited to Tibet in 1043 (1042?) by the Kings Yeshe O (ye she 'od) and Jang Chub O (byang chub 'od), where he founded the
school and wrote his most influential work,
The Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment
, which teaches the gradual path to enlightenment. He introduced the cult of Tara in Tibet. He is also known by the name of Jowo Je. His main disciple was 'drom ston pa.
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