Tathagata Rakshita (Skt. Tathāgatarakṣita) is said to have been a native of Orissa, in Eastern India. Born into the warrior caste and a physician by profession, he went to study at Vikramashila. There he won the title of 'Mahapandita' and 'Upadhyaya'. Expert in tantras, he wrote many commentaries that he translated in Tibetan, together with the works of other masters.