from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Buddhism A conservative branch of Buddhism that adheres to Pali scriptures and the nontheistic ideal of self-purification to nirvana and is dominant in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia.
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- proper n. A school of Buddhism widely practised in Southeast Asia and other parts of the world.
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- n. 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
Although the date from which the name Theravada was used is in dispute, for the sake of simplicity we shall refer to this Buddhist lineage as "Theravada.”
At present, however, three major forms survive: one Hinayana, known as Theravada, in Southeast Asia, and two Mahayana, namely the Chinese and Tibetan traditions.
Buddhism called Theravada, to find financial support.
Buddhism emerges out of at least two major lineages: Theravada, which is atheistic and the predominant religion of Southeast Asia, and Mahayana, which translates to "Great Vehicle" and emerged from India.
Unlike Theravada, which is more individualistic in its motivation, Mahayana Buddhism involves an aspiration to achieve enlightenment not only for one's own sake, but for the sake of all "sentient" beings.
Although such description of Hinayana has led to prejudice, an educated objective study of Hinayana schools, such as Theravada, reveals a prominent role of meditation on love and compassion.
At the time of the Buddha, there were no divisions into lineages and schools, such as Theravada, Dharmagupta, and Mulasarvastivada.
In doing so, they expand the very nature of what is known as the 'Theravada'.
Buddhism such as Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism and Vajrayana Buddhism.
Needless to say, the vast majority of people who benefit from these services are Theravada Buddhists.
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