Hinayanist


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Hi·na·ya·na

 (hē′nə-yä′nə)
n.
Offensive Theravada Buddhism.

[Sanskrit Hīnayānam, lesser vehicle (as contrasted with Mahāyānam, greater vehicle; see Mahayana) : hīna-, inferior; see ghē- in Indo-European roots + yānam, vehicle, way; see ei- in Indo-European roots.]

Hi′na·ya′nist n.
Hi′na·ya·nis′tic (-yä-nĭs′tĭk) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Hinayanist - an adherent of Hinayana Buddhism
Hinayana - a major school of Buddhism teaching personal salvation through one's own efforts
adherent, disciple - someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another
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Although she did not address the difficult and controversial question of the dating of Cave 123, her identification of what she calls the "Hinayanist Pratyekabuddha concept" at Kizil is an important contribution to our understanding of the art of these caves, which constitute the greatest collection of Hinayana, possibly Sarvastivadin, art in Central and East Asia.
Resolution of these questions can be had only upon the basis of methodological and axiological commitments drawn from elsewhere than Nagarjuna's work, and Wood's book shows splendidly how they can be resolved if it is assumed that Nagarjuna must have ruled Out the possibilit y of defensibly reading him as a Vedantin or a Hinayanist. But if these are not the needs governing the reading of Nagarjuna, other results are possible.
Since Sukhavati is open to both Mahayanists and Hinayanists, Amitabha preaches to both groups, symbolised by the double argumentation gesture.