The Mahīśāsaka mainstream Indian Buddhist school, a subschool of the Sthavira branch, was prominent in southern India and was closely tied historically and doctrinally to the TheravĀda school. The term Mahīśāsaka is variously interpreted as referring to the name of the founder, a geographical locale, or to their role in governing or instructing the earth.
See also:Mainstream Buddhist Schools
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