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"N?g?rjuna" is widely considered one of the most important Buddhist philosophers after Gautama Buddha. Along with his disciple Aryadeva/?ryadeva, he is considered to be the founder of the Madhyamaka school of Mahayana/Mah?y?na Buddhism. N?g?rjuna is also credited with developing the philosophy of the Prajnaparamita/Praj├▒?p?ramit? s?tras and, in some sources, with having revealed these scriptures in the world, having recovered them from the n?gas (snake-people). Furthermore, he is traditionally supposed to have written several treatises on rasayana as well as serving a term as the head of Nalanda/N?land?.

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