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Vinītaruci (died 594) was an Indian Buddhist monk who taught in China and Vietnam.

He traveled to Changan, China in 573 and spent seven years in China. In 580 he went to support the teaching of Buddhism in Vietnam, being notable as one of the first direct influences on Vietnam from an Indian teacher and in the development of Vietnamese Thiền or Chinese Chán in Vietnam.

He is known in Vietnam as Tì-ni-đa-lưu-chi (from the Sino-Vietnamese transcription of the Sanskrit 毘尼多流支) and also by the Chinese Sino-Vietnamese name Diệt Hỉ (滅喜) in Chinese-language texts of Vietnamese Buddhism.[1] He was from Oḍḍiyāna, traditionally identified as a place in the Swat valley.[2]


  1. Keith Weller Taylor The Birth of Vietnam 1983- Page 157 "Thien Buddhism was already established in Vietnam before Vinītaruci's arrival, for Phap Hien studied under and was ... After Vinītaruci's death, Phap Hien built the Temple of Chung-thien at Mount Tu, about twenty miles northwest of Luy-lau."
  2. Jason Neelis Early Buddhist Transmission and Trade Networks: Mobility and ... 2010 - Page 251 "Several sixth century Indian monks (Narendrayaśas, Vinītaruci, and Vimoksasena) came from Uddiyāna in the Swat valley."
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