Pandita

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Pandita (Skt. paṇḍita; Tib. མཁས་པ་, པཎྜི་ཏ་, khepa; Wyl. mkhas pa) — a title used for scholars who are learned in the five sciences. It is used especially for the master scholars of ancient India. An exceptionally great scholar is given the title of mahapandita.

How a pandita teaches

For the teaching style of a learned pandita, there are two approaches. The panditas of the glorious monastic university of Nalanda would teach the Buddha’s words in terms of the five perfections and the treatises by means of five principal considerations. The panditas of the monastic university at Vikramashila would begin by making their audience suitably receptive and then describe two certainties regarding the origin of the teaching. [1]

References

  1. *Patrul Rinpoche, Preliminary Points To be Explained when Teaching the Buddha's Word or the Treatises, translated by Adam Pearcey.