Chandragomin (Skt. Candragomin) was a renowned 7th century CE Indian Buddhist lay master and scholar who dressed in the white robes of the Yogic tradition and mastered the morality of the five precepts.

He was most famous for his debate of Candrakīrti (600–c. 650), (Devanagari: चन्द्रकीर्ति, Tib. Dawa Drakpa) the Arya Tripitaka Master Shramana who was the Khenpo at Mahāvihāra Monastery. Their debate was said to have gone on for many years. Chandragomin held the Chittamatra (consciousness-only or Yogachara school) view, and Chandrakirti gave his interpretation of Nāgārjuna's view, eventually creating a new school of Madhyamaka known as Prasangika. This Nalanda tradition school is know as Prāsaṅgika Madhyamaka or rendered in English as the “Consequentialist” or “Dialecticist” school.

of Nagarjuna view. <ref>

</ref> According to Thrangu Rinpoche, Chandragomin was slow in the debate but always had the right answers because each time a question was posed by Chandrakirti, Chandragomin would insist on giving the answer the next day after praying to Avalokiteshvara who would tell him the right answer. <ref>


Major Works

  • Chadragomin's writings include 'Letter to a Disciple' (published by Dharma Publishing as 'Invitation to Enlightenment' ISBN 0898002982)
  • Found in the Tibetan Canon(Tengyur) (Karchag Phangthangma), translated from the original Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Chandragomin also wrote
    [[Chandragomin]] [[Shurangama Mantra]] [[Sadhana]] Toh 3096, Toh 593/2/1, Padmankusha Toh 3106, and the Vajrasana Text Toh 3110 - Sarvatathāgataoṣṇīṣaśitātapatrā-nāmāparājitā-mahāpratyangirā-mahāvidyārājñī-nāma-dhāraṇī; Tibetan ['phags pa] De bshin gshegs pa'i gtsug tor nas byung ba'i gdugs dkar po can gshan gyi mi thub pa phir bzlog pa chen mo mchog tu grub pa shes bya ba'i gzungs


See also



Further Reading

Buddhist philosophers Indian Buddhists Madhyamaka Mahayana Buddhism writers Tibetan Buddhist teachers 7th-century people

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