Buddhism Traditions | Intro

Tendai founder | Saicho

1. Tendai Tendai ( Tendai-shū ) is a Mahāyāna Buddhist school established in Japan in the year 806 by the monk named Saichō , posthumously known as Dengyō Daishi . The Tendai School rose to prominence during the Heian period (794-1185), gradually eclipsing the powerful Yogācāra School ( Hossō-shū ) and competing with the upcoming Shingon Buddhism to become the most influential at the Imperial

Theravada not Hīnayāna

1. Hīnayāna Hīnayāna is a Sanskrit term literally meaning the " small/deficient vehicle ". Classical Chinese and Tibetan teachers translate it as " smaller vehicle ". The term was applied to the Śrāvakayāna , the Buddhist path followed by a Śrāvaka who wished to become an Arhat . This term appeared around the 1-2 nd century: Hīnayāna was often contrasted with Mahāyāna , which means

Śrāvakayāna | Shravakayana | Listners

1. Śrāvakayāna Śrāvakayāna is one of the 3 Yānas known to Indian Buddhism: It translates literally as the " vehicle of listeners [i.e. disciples ]". Historically it was the most common term used by Mahāyāna Buddhist texts to describe one hypothetical path to Enlightenment. Śrāvakayāna is the path that meets the goals of an Arhat —an individual who achieves Liberation as a result of listening


1. Pratyekabuddha-yāna Pratyekabuddha or Paccekabuddha (Sanskrit and Pāli, respectively), literally " a lone Buddha ", " a Buddha on their own ", " a private Buddha ", or " a silent Buddha ", - is one of 3 types of Enlightened Beings according to some schools of Buddhism. The other 2 types of Enlightened Beings are the Arhat and the Sammāsambuddha (Sanskrit: Samyaksaṁbuddha ). 2.