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 Nalanda 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. [1]

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. [2]

Major Works

  • 'Twenty Verses on the Bodhisattva Vow'.[3]
  • Translated from the original Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit into Tibetan is Chandragomin's 'Shurangama Mantra Sadhana' (Tibetan canon Tengyur Karchag Phangthangma Toh 3096, Toh 593/2/1). It is titled Sarvatathāgataoṣṇīṣaśitātapatrā-nāmāparājitā-mahāpratyangirā-mahāvidyārājñī-nāma-dhāraṇī; Tibetan name is ['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.


Peerless king of physicians, guru of the world, Totally faultless one, source of virtuous qualities, Having visualised you, 0 refuge, I, always ill, Shall confess, describing my changes of fault. With whatever high mind is appropriate, Abiding in whatever calm state is appropriate, Who pacifies all the faults in all the modes, Whatever the Lord may be, that I salute.

Praise in Confession (

See also


  1. Chandragomin. "Ocean of Nectar". Tharpa Publications. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  2. Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. "Chandragomin and Chandrakirti". Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 

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