Meaning of Hinayana

Hi•na•ya•na

Pronunciation: (hē"nu-yä'nu), [key]
— n.
  1. earlier of the two great schools of Buddhism, still prevalent in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, and Cambodia, emphasizing personal salvation through one's own efforts. Also calledCf. Mahayana.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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