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Ratnākaraśānti
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Renowned as the “Omniscient One of the Degenerate Age” (kalikālasarvajña; Sankrtyayana, 1935, 35n4) and as guardian of Vikramaśīla’s eastern gate during its golden age (Chimpa & Chattopadhyaya, 1970, 295; Roerich, 1949, 206; “southern gate” in Dowman, 1985, 99), Ratnākaraśānti – also known as Ratnākara, Śāntipā, Śāntipa, Śānti, Rin chen ’byung gnas zhi ba, and Dkon mchog ’byung gnas (c. 970–1045 CE) – was considered the preeminent scholar and one of the foremost tantric adepts (siddha) of his time (D 4085, in the colophon by Śāntibh…

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Seton, Gregory Max, “Ratnākaraśānti”, in: Encyclopedia of Buddhism Online, Editor-in-Chief: Consulting Editors: Jonathan A. Silk, Oskar von Hinüber, Vincent Eltschinger. Consulted online on 10 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2467-9666_enbo_COM_2051>
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