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Piṇḍo ācārya, dul ba 'byung gnas blo gros, PIṆḌO; Though all of his disciples were endowed with excellent qualities, one named Piṇḍo ācārya especially distinguished himself. This was due to the fact that in a former existence he had been a shortwitted monk, and had performed a sādhana in order to improve his intellect. After receiving a prophecy by a deva in his dream, he made out of coral an image of Kurukullā and inserted it into the mouth of a dead woman.

He sat cross-legged on the corpse and meditated for seven days. Then (the dead woman) looked up at him and uttered: What do you want? At that time if he would have said that he wished to get by heart whatever had been seen by him, he would have obtained it. But being disappointed with his intelligence, he asked: I wish to be able to commit to memory all that which has been written by me. And so it happened, and he became known as paṇḍita Piṇḍo ācārya. He became known in Madhyadeśa {R 758} as Vāgiśvarakīrti, and was attended by twelve junior paṇḍitas. He heard the Doctrine from the ācārya Kālacakrapāda (dus zhabs pa), and was able to memorize the whole text after listening to it once.

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