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." (Schayer 1935: 121-132).
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).