Vinaya school

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The Vinaya school (C. Lü zong; J. Risshū; K. Yul chong 律宗)[1] is a scholastic tradition of East Asian Buddhism based on the study of the vinaya. It was founded in the early 7th century by Daoxuan (596-667).[2][3][4]

One Teacher, Many Traditions states:

[This school] principally relies on the Dharmagupta vinaya, translated into Chinese in 412. Four other vinayas were also translated into Chinese.[2]

The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism identifies two branches of the vinaya school in China:[5]

  • South Mountain vinaya school (Nanshan lü zong), associated with Daoxuan, and
  • East Pagoda vinaya school (Dongta lü zong), associated with Huaisu

Of these two, the South Mountain school eventually eclipsed the East Pagoda school.[6]


  1. Buswell & Lopez 2014, s.v. Lü zong.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dalai Lama & Thubten Chodron 2014, s.v. Buddhism in China.
  3. Gethin 1998, s.v. The schools of East Asian Buddhism.
  4. Skilton 1997, Indian schools in China.
  5. Buswell & Lopez 2014, s.v. Sifen lü.
  6. Buswell & Lopez 2014, s.v. Dongta lü zong.