By Sa-Skya Pandi-Ta Kun-Dga-Rgyal-Mtshan, Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltshen, Victoria R. M. Scott, Jared Douglas Rhoton
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It is also clear that Sapan's critiques represent in part an apologetic for his own main traditions, which treated pratimo~a thelnes from a Miilasarvastivada perspective, the bodhisattva code primarily from a Madhyamaka approach, and the Vajrayana doctrines mainly from the anuttarayoga tantra perspective of such "New School" (gsar mapa) instructions as the Path with Its Fruit precepts of Hevajra practice. Regarding the pratimo~a, the Miilasarvastivada tradition was the only Sravaka pratimo~a existing among Tibetan monastics, and Sa pan had received his main training in it from his ordination abbot, Sakya5ribhadra.
Sapan continued to be an lndophile at a time when most of his contemporaries were busily adapting Buddhism to its new home in what was rapidly becoming a post-Indian era. lrfita), translated by translators, and widely recognized among the learned-that alone is the Buddha's Doctrine that should be studied, taught, and practiced. 64 Here "spoken by the Buddha" included more than the normal modern reader might expect-namely, not just scriptures traced back to the Buddha Sakyamuni but also some scriptures held to be of enlightened inspiration.
For further details of Sapan's career, consult David Jackson's survey of biographical sources (1987, pp. , pp. 24-29). 25. The eighteenth-century Gelugpa historian Thuuken Losang Chokyi Nyima (1737-1802) asserted that Jiwo Lhepa influenced Sapan's later exposition of exoteric Mahayana doctrine-probably a reference to Sapan's well-known Elucidation ofthe Sages Intent (Thub pa'i dgongs gsal). See Thuuken (1984), p. 90: "Maiijugho~a Sapan studied Kadampa teachings under Jiwo Lhepa, who was a disciple of Neusurpa, and in his own discourses he explained all the practices of the ordinary Mahayana path solely in accord with the Kadampa system.
A Clear Differentiation of the Three Codes: Essential Distinctions Among the Individual Liberation, Great Vehicle, and Tantric Systems : The Sdom Gsum ... Six Letters by Sa-Skya Pandi-Ta Kun-Dga-Rgyal-Mtshan, Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltshen, Victoria R. M. Scott, Jared Douglas Rhoton