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Hinayana

[hee-nuh-yah-nuh] /ˌhi nəˈyɑ nə/
noun
1.
earlier of the two great schools of Buddhism, still prevalent in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, and Cambodia, emphasizing personal salvation through one's own efforts.
Also called Theravada.
Compare Mahayana.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; < Sanskrit, equivalent to hīna lesser, inferior + yāna vehicle
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Hinayana

/ˌhiːnəˈjɑːnə/
noun
1.
  1. any of various early forms of Buddhism
  2. (as modifier) Hinayana Buddhism
Derived Forms
Hinayanist, noun
Hinayanistic, adjective
Word Origin
from Sanskrit hīnayāna, from hīna lesser + yāna vehicle
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