(also Theravada Buddhism)
The more conservative of the two major traditions of Buddhism (the other being Mahayana), and a school of Hinayana Buddhism. It is practiced mainly in Sri Lanka, Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos.
More example sentences
- Buddhism was an influential religion throughout America by the 1970s, with Theravada Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism greatly influencing immigrants.
- Since only one of the twelve schools of the Elder tradition survives today, namely the school known as the Theravada, I will henceforth speak of the two main surviving forms of Buddhism as Mahayana and Theravada.
- In Buddhism, there are two major schools: Theravada and Mahayana.
from Pali theravāda, literally 'doctrine of the elders', from thera 'elder, old' + vāda 'speech, doctrine'.
Definition of Theravada in:
- The British & World English dictionary