Hinayana

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Hīnayāna (theg pa dman pa).

  • The vehicles focused on contemplation of the four noble truths and the 12 links of dependent origination, the practice of which brings liberation from cyclic existence. When used in a derogative sense, the Hinayana attitude refers to the narrow pursuit of a spiritual path simply for the sake of individual liberation rather than for the enlightenment of all sentient beings. Should not be used for Theravāda. [RY]