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Dānaśīla (T. dA na shI la དཱ་ན་ཤཱི་ལ།) was an Indian preceptor from Kashmir who was resident in Tibet during the late eighth and early ninth centuries. He was a frequent collaborator of Yeshé Dé.[1]

The Tsadra editors state:

According to Peter Alan Roberts, " . . . Dānaśīla, also known as Mālava, . . . came to Tibet much later [than Jinamitra], in the reign of Ralpachen (ral pa can, r. 815–838). Dānaśīla has his name on 167 texts. He is also listed as the author of seven of these, five of which he translated himself, one of which curiously is a text of divination based on the croaks of crows. Of the remaining two texts he authored, Jinamitra translated one, while Rinchen Zangpo (rin chen bzang po, 958–1055), the prolific translator of a later generation, translated the other. Dānaśīla was from Kashmir."
Roberts continues, "Jinamitra and Dānaśīla, together with a few other Indian scholars, compiled the great Tibetan-Sanskrit concordance entitled Mahāvyutpatti, which was the fruit of decades of work on translation."[2]


  1. 84000 Translating the Words of the Buddha, Glossary of Terms
  2. Tsadra commons icon.jpg Dānaśīla, Tsadra Commons