Vinītaruci (?-594) was an Indian Buddhist monk who preached in China and Vietnam.

He came to Changan in 573 and spent 7 years in China. In 580 he came to support preaching of Buddhism in Vietnam, being notable as one of the first direct influences on Vietnam in the History of Buddhism in India and in the development of Vietnamese Thiền or Chinese Chán Zen Buddhism 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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