the oldest major movement or school in Buddhism, found especially in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia: it emphasizes the attainment of nirvana through meditation and monastic discipline
Origin of HinayanaSanskrit h?nay?na, literally , lesser vehicle
Offensive Theravada Buddhism.
Origin of HinayanaSanskrit Hīnayānam lesser vehicle ( as contrasted with Mahāyānam greater vehicle ; see Mahayana . ) hīna- inferior ; see ghē- in Indo-European roots. yānam vehicle, way ; see ei- in Indo-European roots.
- This term is applied by some Mahayana Buddhists, but is not accepted as proper by Theravada Buddhists.
From Sanskrit हीनयान (hīnayāna, “lesser vehicle”).