Out of the 18 branches of Hinayana, the one that broke off from the Theravada branch at the Second Buddhist Council. Because it made a clear distinction between an arhat and a Buddha, it is considered by some Western scholars as a forerunner of Mahayana.

Tibetan: དགེ་འདུན་ཕལ་ཆེན་པོ། dGe-'dun phal-chen-po

Sanskrit: mahāsāṃghika

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Deutsch: Mahasanghika
Español: Mahasánguika
Русский: Махасангхика
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