The Vinaya school (C. Lü zong; J. Risshū; K. Yul chong 律宗) 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).
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.
- 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.
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