Questions tagged [hinayana]

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Even if those offended are just ignorant about the word “Hinayana”, why use it?

Why use a word thought by some to be offensive even if the meaning isn't meant to be offensive? There is no other word that can be used? Would using another word (or phrase) be compassionate towards ...
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Who follows which yana (Vajrayana, Hinayana or Mahayana)?

I have heard about these traditions: Vajrayana, Mahayana, and Hinayana. In today's world, Buddhist people dwell in South Asia and East Asia. Who among them follows each particular sect? Does anybody ...
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Alternatives to the terms 'Hinayana' and 'Mahayana'? [duplicate]

Where does the terms 'Hinayana' and 'Mahayana' come from? Who made them up? They are often translated as "lesser vehicle" and "greater vehicle". I wonder about this translation. Is it correct? I ...
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Mahayana and Non-dualism

Would it be true to say that cultivation of a non-dualistic view is more important in Mahayana Buddhism than Hinayana?
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What is observing the precepts in a Hinayana way or a Mahayana way?

In Zen Mind, Beginners Mind Shunryu Suzuki says observing the precepts in a Hinayana way is violating the precepts in a Mahayana way Can an one give an explanation of way he is getting at here ...
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Is Theravada Buddhism the only modern representative of Hinayana Buddhism?

Apologies for the term Hinayana but this question is borne out of those discussions. So - is Theravada Buddhism the only modern representative on Hinayana Buddhism or are there another current ...