Sthavirah, aka: Sthavira; 3 Definition(s)
Sthavira; (equivalent to the old Theravâda) One of the four principal schools in Buddhism according to the I-ching. (During the visit of Fa Hsien to India, 671-695 A.D.)
Also known as Sthaviranikaya or Aryasthavirah. Sthavirah and Mahasanghikah are the two earliest sects in Buddhism. At first, they were not considered to be different. Sthavirah merely represented the intimate and older disciples of Shakyamuni, while Mahasanghika being the rest. It is said that a century later, a difference of opinion arose on certain doctrines. Three divisions were named as a result (all in Ceylon): 1. Mahaviharavasinah 2. Jetavaniyah 3. Abhayagiri vasinah In the course, the eighteen Hinayana sects were developed. From the time of Ashoka, four principal school are regarded as prevailing: 1. Mahasanghika 2. Sthavira 3. Mulasarvastivada 4. Sammatiyah As far as Sthavira is concerned, there are eleven sects reckoned. The Sthaviravadins were reputed as nearest to early Buddhism in its tenets, though it is said to have changed the basis of Buddhism from an agonostic system to a realist philosophy.
Literally means the Member of the Great Order, majority, community. During the F...
|· Sixteen Arhats||
Sixteen Arhats or Sthaviras (Skt. Ṣoḍaśa Sthavirāḥ; Tib. Neten Chudruk; Wyl. ...
thāvara : (adj.) immovable; long-lasting.
He was one of the Ten Great Disciples of Shakyamuni. He was the first in esoteri...
Or Jetiyasailah, school of the dwellers on Mount Jeta, which is a sub division o...
"Elder." An honorific title automatically conferred upon a bhikkhu of ...
|· Thera Vagga||
1. Thera Vagga - The ninth chapter of the Pancaka Nipata of the Anguttara Nika...
A subdivision of the Sthavirah school, which opposed to the Mahayana system.
|· Twenty Sects of Hinayana||
See the Eighteen Sects of Hinayana, plus the two originals, i.e. Mahasanghikah a...
Lit., the School of the Elders; one of the two main forms of Buddhism known in t...
|· Abhayagiri Vasinah||
A subdivision of early Sthavirah school. Abhayagiri, the Mountain of Fearlessnes...
|· Thera Sutta||
1. Thera Sutta - An Elder may be time honoured, long gone forth, well known, r...
The Sthaviravâdin School of Elders survived into the modern period as the The...
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