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Theravāda (Pāli, ‘teaching of the elders (of the order)’; Chin., Shang-tso-pu; Jap., Jōzabu; Korean, Sangjwabu). An early school of Buddhism, derived from Vibhajjavādins and associated with Sthaviras. As the major survivor of this line, the term became synonymous with Buddhism derived from, and defensive of, the Pāli canon—in contrast to Mahāyāna. Theravāda is the form of Buddhism in Śri Lankā and SE Asia. Mahāyāna (‘Large Vehicle’) calls Theravāda ‘Hīnayāna’, ‘Small Vehicle’, and this term, despite its contemptuous associations, still persists. Theravāda, though strictly inaccurate, is preferable, even though Theravāda was simply one among many early Buddhist schools.

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Theravada (‘Doctrine of the Elders’) Older of the two major schools of Buddhism. The doctrine originated early in the history of Buddhism as a contrast to Mahayana (‘greater vehicle’). Theravada Buddhism stresses that sorrow and suffering can be conquered only by the suppression of desire. Desire can be suppressed only if the individual realizes that everything is always in a state of flux and the only stable condition is nirvana, an indefinable state of rest. This type of Buddhism is widespread in Sri Lanka and se Asia.

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Theravada

Theravada the more conservative of the two major traditions of Buddhism (the other being Mahayana), which developed from Hinayana Buddhism. It is practised mainly in Sri Lanka, Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos.

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