Paṇḍita (T. mkhas pa) was a title for a learned scholar in India. An exceptionally great scholar is given the title of mahapandita.
For example, the Mahāyāna-sūtrālamkāra-kārikā, which was highly influential in Tibet, states:
- Without becoming a scholar in the five sciences, not even the supreme sage can become omniscient. For the sake of refuting and supporting others, and for the sake of knowing everything himself, he makes an effort in these [five sciences].
The Tibetan master Sakya Pandita was renowned for his scholarly achievements.
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