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Dharmacandra (法月, 653–743) is known to be from either eastern India or the kingdom of Magadha in central India. He traveled widely in central India and was accomplished in medical arts and the Tripiṭaka.
Then he went to the kingdom of Kucha (龜茲, or 庫車, in present-day Aksu Prefecture, Xinjiang, China), where he taught his Disciple Zhenyue (真月) and others.
At the written recommendation of Lu Xiulin (呂休林), the governor appointed to keep peace with the western region (安西節度使), in 732, the twentieth year of the Kaiyuan (開元) years of Emperor Xuanzong (唐玄宗) of the Tang Dynasty (618–907),
Dharmacandra arrived in Chang-an (長安), China. As an Offering to the Emperor, he presented Sanskrit texts on alchemy and herbal remedies, as well as the Sūtra of the Mighty Vidya King Ucchuṣma (T21n1227), translated by Ajitasena, who was from northern India.
With the help of his Disciple Liyan (利言), Dharmacandra translated into Chinese the Sanskrit text of herbal remedies as well as of the Sūtra of the [[All-Encompassing [Knowledge Store]], the Heart of Prajñā-Pāramitā (T08n0252).
During an uprising in China, Dharmacandra moved to the kingdom of Yutian (于闐), or Khotan, present-day Hetian (和田), in Xinjiang, China.
He stayed at the Golden Wheel Temple (金輪寺), teaching people attracted to him, until his Death in 743, at the age of ninety-one.