Other names / Alternative spellings
Danaśila (reconstructed name)
Social groups (status, family, lineage...)
rGya gar (Indian)
Period of activity
Reign of Khri lDe srong brtsan ?
Reign of Khri gTsug lde brtsan ?
Da na shi la was an indian mkhan po who worked with Dzin myi thra/ 'Dzi na mi tra (i. e. Jinamitra) and Ye shes sde on the translation of buddhist texts into Tibetan (ms. PT 51, PT 79).
See Lalou 1939-1961 doc. n° 51, 79.
Dha na shi la was of Singhalese origin according to the chronicle attributed to Ne'u Pandita ("sing ga la'i mkhan po dha na shi la", Ne'u Pandita 2010 ed. p. 24).
According to sGra sbyor bam po gnyis pa and Ne'u Pandita, Da na shi la was in Tibet in the time of Khri lDe srong brtsan (see "dâ na shî la" in rTa rdo 2005 ed. p. 70, 205 and "da na shi la" in Ne'u Pandita 2010 ed. p. 23).
Da na shi la is also sometime listed among the indian scholars invited in the time of Khri gTsug lde brtsan Ral pa can (see "dhâ na shî la" in Nyang Nyi ma 'od zer 2010 ed. p. 389, "dha na shi la" in Ne'u Pandita 2010 ed. p. 24, "dâ na shî la" in Sa skya bSod nams rgyal mtshan 2005 ed. p. 227, see also transl. in Sørensen 1994 p. 411 ).