Buddhist Studies Review, Vol 30, No 2 (2013)

A Note on the Term Theravāda

Bhikkhu Analayo
Issued Date: 1 Jan 2014


With the present article I study the trajectory of the term theravāda from its earliest occurrence in the Pāli canon to its present day usage as a designation of the form of Buddhism found in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. My presentation begins with the term theravāda in the Pāli discourses, followed by turning to the Pāli commentaries and chronicles. Next I examine the role of the Pāli canon in the Theravāda tradition and the conception of Theravāda as a monastic lineage, after which I discuss current usage and survey alternative terms.

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DOI: 10.1558/bsrv.v30i2.215


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