A collective name for the 18 schools of Indian Buddhism that emphasize methods for attaining liberation from suffering. Theravada, practiced throughout Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka, is the only extant school of these 18. Literally, a "Modest Vehicle of Mind" -- levels and states of mind with a modest motivation - renunciation - and, with modest methods, lead to the modest goal of liberation. Some translators render the term as "Lesser Vehicle."

Tibetan: theg-dman

Sanskrit: hinayana

J. Hopkins: Lesser vehicle/hīnayāna.

Other languages

Deutsch: Hinayana
Italiano: Hinayana
Русский: Хинаяна
Tiếng Việt: Tiểu thừa
简体中文: 小乘佛教
繁體中文: 小乘佛教

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