Definition of Theravada Buddhism

1. Noun. One of two great schools of Buddhist doctrine emphasizing personal salvation through your own efforts; a conservative form of Buddhism that adheres to Pali scriptures and the non-theistic ideal of self purification to nirvana; the dominant religion of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand and Laos and Cambodia.

Exact synonyms: Theravada
Generic synonyms: Buddhism
Specialized synonyms: Hinayana, Hinayana Buddhism



Lexicographical Neighbors of Theravada Buddhism

Theodore Samuel Williams
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Theophrastus Philippus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohe
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Theotokos
Therapeutæ
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Therapsida
Theravada
Theravada Buddhism (current term)
Theravadin
Theresa
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Thermopsis villosa
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Literary usage of Theravada Buddhism

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

1. Mental Culture in Burmese Crisis Politics: Aung San Suu Kyi and the National by Gustaaf Houtman (1999)
"Its claim to uniqueness combines scriptural learning with meditation: Myanmar has carefully preserved Theravada Buddhism for nearly one thousand years. ..."

2. Living Buddhist Masters by Jack Kornfield (1998)
"Theravada Buddhism encompasses an extraordinarily large range of spiritual practices. ... Theravada Buddhism incorporates many of these ways of practice. ..."

3. International Religious Freedom (2000): Report to Congress by the Department edited by Barbara Larkin (2001)
"There is no official state religion; however, the Government continued to show a preference for Theravada Buddhism in practice. Successive Governments ..."

4. Adventure Guide Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia by Janet Arrowood (2006)
"Theravada Buddhism was introduced from Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and gradually influenced every level of the Angkor Empire. ..."

5. Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei by Karl-Heinz Reger (1997)
"The teachings can be roughly divided into Mahayana Buddhism, also referred to as Great Vehicle, and Hinayana (Little Vehicle), or Theravada Buddhism. ..."

6. The Culture of Violence by Kumar Rupesinghe (1994)
"Reynolds (1978b:175) says that the general legitimating role of Theravada Buddhism in politics "is no longer a matter of serious dispute. ..."

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