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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 ...
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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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Studying the subject "the four Buddhist schools/systems of tenets" (Vaibhāṣika, Sautrāntika, Cittamātra, Mādhyamika) in English

I am one of the (Taiwanese) fans of the Dalai Lama for a long time. Currently I am studying the subject "the four Buddhist schools/systems of tenets (of mainly Indian Buddhism before its decline)&...
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I don't understand bodhicitta

I have difficulty with the notion of bodhicitta and the concept of Boddhisattva, and the difference with the concept of Buddha. If I understand correctly, the idea is to have an altruistic intention ...
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What is the source of this information about "underground serpents"?

I've seen this glossary entry in a couple of places: Hīnayāna: “Inferior Vehicle,” a pejorative term, coined by a group who called themselves followers of the Mahāyāna, the “Great Vehicle,” to denote ...
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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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The commonly acceptable hypotheses/theories among scholars to explain how come Prajñāpāramitā sutra have existed so early as about 75 CE?

In 2012, Harry Falk and Seishi Karashima published a damaged and partial Kharoṣṭhī manuscript of the Mahāyāna Aṣṭasāhasrikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra. It is carbon dated to ca. 75 CE, making it one of the ...
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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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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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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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