Hinayana Buddhism


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Related to Hinayana Buddhism: Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism
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Noun1.Hinayana Buddhism - an offensive name for the early conservative Theravada Buddhism; it died out in India but survived in Sri Lanka and was taken from there to other regions of southwestern Asia
Theravada, Theravada Buddhism - one of two great schools of Buddhist doctrine emphasizing personal salvation through your own efforts; a conservative form of Buddhism that adheres to Pali scriptures and the non-theistic ideal of self purification to nirvana; the dominant religion of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand and Laos and Cambodia
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are centres of Mahayana Buddhism, while Tezu, Namsai and Lohit have got several Hinayana Buddhism centres.
Mahayana Buddhism differs from Hinayana Buddhism and Hinduism because while it recognizes social inequality based on class divisions and castes, it does not limit salvation to only the select few.
Jayavarman's Mahayana orientation appears to have shifted toward Hinayana Buddhism at the end of his reign, and Woodward proposes a type of Hinayana Buddhism that he calls "Ariya" (= noble) developing after Jayavarman's death.