Dharmottara (740-800)

Given dates (all in the Common Era) are approximate and represent the upper and lower possible extremes of the person's lifetime.

Disciple of Arcaṭa and Śubhagupta (Frauwallner 1961 pp. 147f.); life dates ca. 740–800, comes to Kashmir under Jayapīḍa (ca. 751–782 or 775–806) (cf. Krasser 1992; cf. also Frauwallner 1961 p. 147; Naudou 1968 p. 63).

Works: Sequence as yet undetermined. Pramāṇaviniścayaṭīkā, Peking 5727 dze 10b7 (critical text in: Steinkellner and Krasser 1988, p. 40), refers to the Prāmāṇyaparīkṣā II (*Laghuprāmāṇyaparīkṣā). The Nyāyabinduṭīkā appears already in the Lhan kar catalogue. On rngog lotsāba's summaries of Nyāyabinduṭīkā, Prāmāṇyaparīkṣā II (*Laghuprāmāṇyaparīkṣā), Pramāṇaviniścayaṭīkā, Apohaprakaraṇa and Kṣaṇabhaṅgasiddhi, cf. Krasser 1991, Introduction p. 10.

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Dec. 12, 2022, 10:59 a.m. - kellner

Abhinavagupta attributes a Bāhyārthasiddhi to Dharmottara, see Lawrence McCrea, "Abhinavagupta as Intellectual Historian of Buddhism", in: Eli Franco, Isabelle Ratié (ed.): Around Abhinavagupta : Aspects of the Intellectual History of Kashmir from the Ninth to the Eleventh Century, Berlin 2016: LIT Verlag, 263--286 (references given on p. 267 and p. 268: ĪPVV vol. II p. 128 and p. 394). These are the only two attested references to this work. One wonders whether Abhinavagupta might here not confuse Dharmottara with his teacher Śubhagupta, for whom a Bāhyārthasiddhi is in fact attested.