Definitions for theravadaˌθɛr əˈvɑ də
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Ther•a•va•daˌθɛr əˈvɑ də(n.)
the earlier of the two major schools of Buddhism, still prevalent in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, and Cambodia, emphasizing personal salvation through one's own efforts.
Category: Eastern Religions
Origin of Theravada:
1875–80; < Pali
Theravada, Theravada Buddhism(noun)
one of two great schools of Buddhist doctrine emphasizing personal salvation through your own efforts; a conservative form of Buddhism that adheres to Pali scriptures and the non-theistic ideal of self purification to nirvana; the dominant religion of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand and Laos and Cambodia
A school of Buddhism widely practised in Southeast Asia and other parts of the world.
Origin: From थेरवाद, from स्थविरवाद.