Definition of Hinayana

1. Noun. A major school of Buddhism teaching personal salvation through one's own efforts.

Generic synonyms: Buddhism
Member holonyms: Hinayanist
Derivative terms: Hinayanist

2. Noun. An offensive name for the early conservative Theravada Buddhism; it died out in India but survived in Sri Lanka and was taken from there to other regions of southwestern Asia.
Exact synonyms: Hinayana Buddhism
Generic synonyms: Theravada, Theravada Buddhism

Definition of Hinayana

1. Proper noun. (Buddhism) Theravada Buddhism. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hinayana

Himantoglossum hircinum
Himantopus himantopus
Himantopus himantopus leucocephalus
Himantopus mexicanus
Himantopus novae-zelandiae
Himantopus stilt
Himni i Flamurit
Hin recombinase
Hinayana Buddhism
Hind II
Hind III
Hindley's screw

Literary usage of Hinayana

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Studies in Japanese Buddhism by August Karl Reischauer (1917)
"... according to the orthodox section of thej Mahayana school the Canon with these divisions of Mahayana and hinayana and the subdivisions of Sutra, Vinaya, ..."

2. The World's Parliament of Religions: An Illustrated and Popular Story of the by John Henry Barrows (1893)
"... scholars hold to the opinion the Mahayana was not preached by Buddha Shaka himself, but others, and that hinayana Nirvana as the ideal of our Buddhism. ..."

3. Society in China by Robert Kennaway Douglas (1894)
"Even at this early period a schism had rent the Church in India, where the hinayana and Mahayana schools had already divided the allegiance of the followers ..."

4. Guide to Buddahood: Being a Standard Manual of Chinese Buddhism by Timothy Richard (1907)
"Seek to get to the Pure Land. ^ £ J? ± CHAP. X.—THE STEPS IN THE ORIGINAL [hinayana] SCHOOL. ... hinayana ..."

5. The Dhamma of Gotama the Buddha and the Gospel of Jesus the Christ: A by Charles Francis Aiken (1900)
"... hinayana — The GROWTH OF BUDDHISM — The dubious councils of Rajagriha and Vaisali — Asoka— His rock-inscriptions— His zeal for Buddhism — Unreliable ..."

6. Living Buddhist Masters by Jack Kornfield (1998)
"hinayana, Mahayana, and Other Yanas In exploring the variety of Buddhist practices, ... Buddhism is often described in terms of vehicles: hinayana, ..."

7. The Monist by Hegeler Institute (1919)
"Such, in brief, may be said to be the teachings of hinayana, and of one ... hinayana holds that personal salvation or Nirvana- ship may be gained by all. ..."

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