and the university at Nalanda had a long line of great scholars, some of whom have been
mentioned. One of them was Dignaga, the founder of the mediaeval school of logic.
Dharmapala was another great scholar who had just retired before Hiuen Tsang's arrival.
Silabhadra was the head of the Nalanda monasteries when Hiuen Tsang visited the place.
was probably succeeded by Dharmakirti, who is said to have defeated Kumaralila, a renowned
Brahmanical philosopher. Padmasambhava, a great Buddhist scholar from Nalanda, had visited
Tibet. He is credited with having founded the institution of Lamaism in Tibet. Another
Nalanda scholar, Santarakshita, had also visited Tibet and stayed on there till his death
There are also a large number of authoritative epigraphic
and literary references, which help one in the reconstruction of the history of
Nalanda. Some of the images with inscriptions and copper plates are preserved in the
Patna and Nalanda museums.