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The Sanskrit and Pali term “Vinaya” (Tib. ’Dul ba; Chin. [律]) refers to the body of teachings concerning monastic discipline or law attributed to the historical Buddha. In theory each ordination lineage or school possessed its own Vinaya. However, only six seemingly complete Vinayas have come down to us, belonging to schools (nikāyas) from both side…

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Shayne Clarke, “Vinayas”, in: Encyclopedia of Buddhism Online, Editor-in-Chief: Consulting Editors: Jonathan A. Silk, Oskar von Hinüber, Vincent Eltschinger. Consulted online on 28 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2467-9666_enbo_COM_0009>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 20151231

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