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Buddhatrāta (佛陀多羅, 7th–8th centuries) means protected by Buddha. He was a Tripiṭaka master from Kophen (罽賓, an ancient kingdom, also called Gandhāra, in present-day Kashmir, northern Pakistan, and eastern Afghanistan area).
According to Dharma Master Zongmi’s (宗密, 780–841) commentary (T39n1795, 0528b11–14), in 693, the second year of the Changshou (長壽) years of Empress Wu (武后則天) of the Tang Dynasty (618–907), Buddhatrāta took Sanskrit texts to the city of Luoyang (洛陽) and stayed at the White Horse Temple.
Buddhatrāta’s translation of the Mahāvaipulya Sūtra of Perfect Enlightenment is included as text 842 (T17n0842) in the Chinese Canon. Some scholars suspect that it is an apocryphal text written in China because nothing more is known about Buddhatrāta.