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Noun: Hinayana  ,hi-nu'yaa-nu or ,hee-nu'yaa-nu
  1. A major school of Buddhism teaching personal salvation through one's own efforts
  2. 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
    - Hinayana Buddhism

Type of: Buddhism, Theravada, Theravada Buddhism

Encyclopedia: Hinayana