flipflop wrote:It is in Thailand (Hinayana), Cheers
Theravada in Thailand......... (Just splitting hairs. Don't need no bad Karma...... & coming back as a politician).
Yup, the Thais call it Theravada, but the Mahayana (Greater Vehicle) Buddhists of Japan, China, Tibet call it "Hinayana" (Smaller Vehicle - lesser vehicle). They see the Theravada as deficient as those who follow this path are concerned with their own enlightenment solely - no Bodhisattvas (Buddhas to be) saving the greater flock from the Wheel of Life etc. "Hinayana" is seen as perjorative by Theraveda Buddhists. Also, strict Theravada is a bit too ascetic for most Tibetans, some monks enjoy a good swally and a pagga now and again.
Mahayana - collectivist
Hinayana - individualist
Actually, most Tibetan schools, including the Gelugpa and their Bodisattva of Compassion (the Dalai Lama - being the earthly embodiment of Chen Resig/Avalokiteshvara) follow three strands - Theravada/Mahayana/Vajrayana (Tantric), with a healthy dose of native folklore and Hindu mysticism thrown in for good measure.
When women can no longer depend on the State for protection and sustenance, they will have to depend on men, as they always have.