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Dānapāla (C. Shihu 施護) (?–1017 ᴄᴇ) was an Indian Buddhist monk and prolific translator of Sanskrit Buddhist texts during the Song dynasty in China.

He was a native of Oddiyana, where he was a monk at Oddiyana's Vaijayanta Saṁghārama before arriving with his brother Devaśāntika in the Song dynasty capital Bianjing (now called Kaifeng) in 980 CE.

He translated both Prajnaparamita and tantric texts into the Chinese language.

Further reading


  • Muller, Digital Dictionary of Buddhism, s.v. “Dānapāla 施護.”
  • 32px-Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg.png Dānapāla, Wikipedia