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Lion of Madhyamaka

Pandita Akaramati

In the 11th Century, there lived an Indian master by the name of Akaramati, a scholar from the ancient monastery of Vikramashila. This esteemed master was one of the five foremost Indian disciples of the great Indian pandit Atisha Dipamkara Shrijñana.

Little else is known about this master except that his full name was Dharmakaramati and he was sometimes referred to as the ‘Lion of Madhyamaka’, undoubtedly given to him due to his unparalleled mastery of Madhyamaka philosophy. It is unsurprising therefore, that Akaramati is also noted for having composed a commentary to his guru Atisha’s Satyadvayavatara or ‘Entrance to the Two Truths’, which is a treatise dealing with a core aspect of Madhyamaka philosophy.