Hinayanism


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Hinayanism

the earliest development of Buddhism after Buddha’s death, emphasizing doctrines and practices originally formulated by Buddha and reflected in the “School of the Elders” (Theravada) of the Pali tradition; called the “lesser vehicle,” it found followers in southern India and Ceylon. — Hinayana, n., adj.
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Noun1.Hinayanism - the religious doctrine of Hinayana Buddhism
theological doctrine - the doctrine of a religious group
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Stanislav Schayer (Leningrad School) in his PreCanonical Buddhism says, "We now know that Mahayan does not necessarily represent a younger stage of evolution and that in many respects it has preserved old elements more truthfully than Hinayanism.
On the issue of the history of the development of Indian Buddhism, Karetzky assumes a clear-cut distinction between early Buddhist schools and Mahayana, such that "Buddhism at the turn of the millennium was in a transitional stage from Hinayanism to Mahayanism" (introduction).