Shantarakshita, aka: Śāntarakṣita, Shantaraksita; 4 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Śāntarakṣita can be transliterated into English as Santaraksita or Shantarakshita, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

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Śāntarakṣita (725–788) was a renowned 8th century Indian Buddhist Brahmin and abbot of Nalanda University. Śāntarakṣita founded the philosophical school known as Yogācāra-Svatantrika-Mādhyamika, which united the Madhyamaka tradition of Nagārjuna, the Yogācāra tradition of Asaṅga and the logical and epistemological thought of Dharmakīṛti. He was also instrumental in the introduction of Buddhism and the Sarvastivadin monastic ordination lineage to Tibet which was conducted at Samye Monastery(bsam yas dgon pa).

etymology: Śāntarakṣita (Devanagari: शान्तरक्षित, also called Shantarakshita, Santaraksita, Santiraksita, Zhi-ba-tsho, and Acarya Bodhisattva)

Source: WikiPedia: Buddhism

A son of the king of Sahor. He received his monastic vows from Jñānagarbha at Nālandā and became a recognized expert of the Svātantrika form of Madhyamaka. He composed several important works such as the Ornament of the Madhyamaka (Skt., Madhyamaka-alaṃkāra) and the Compendium of Truths (Skt., Tattva-saṃgraha). During the reign of Trisong Detsen, he went to Tibet in the later part of the 8th century ce where he lived for thirteen years until his death. He designed and supervised the construction of Samyé Monastery, introduced the monastic community to Tibet, and began the major task of translating Buddhist scriptures into Tibetan.

Source: Oxford Index: Buddhism

Śāntarakśita (50-130 CE) quoted Gauḍapāda. He has repeatedly attacked Kumārila I’s Ślokavārtika. He wrote a commentary on a work of Dharmakīrti. According to Tibetan sources, Śāntarakśita visited Tibet at the invitation of King Khri-sron-deu-tsari who was born around 67 CE. Śāntarakśita worked in Tibet for 13 years. Śāntarakśita was born during the reign of Pāla King Gopāla and died during the reign of King Dharmapāla.

Source: The Chronological History of Buddhism

India history and geogprahy

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According to Tibetan sources, Śāntarakṣita visited Tibet at the invitation of King Khri-sron-deu-tsari who was born around 67 CE. Śāntarakṣita worked in Tibet for 13 years. Most probably, Śāntarakṣita was born during the reign of Pāla King Gopāla and died during the reign of King Dharmapāla. Thus, we can fix the date of Shantarakshita around 50-130 CE.

Source: The Chronological History of Tibetan Buddhism
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