The term Theravāda means literally „School of the Elders“. The tradition says this term arose during the second Buddhist council. It happened in the second half of 4th century B.C. in the northern part of India. The Theravāda movement has been returning to the initial form of Buddha’s teachings as they existed when Buddhist teachings and schools experienced a split. The initial form of Buddha’s teachings was compiled by arahants and arose in the first Buddhist council. The Theravāda school is the oldest authentic form of Buddha’s teaching that has been preserved from the ancient until the modern times. A typical feature Theravāda tradition is the conservative approach to the Buddha’s teachings together with the emphasis on meditation practice, strict discipline (vinaya) and the high level of monastic community behavior and manners appear to be a typical feature of the Theravāda tradition (saṅgha).
The fundamental text of the Theravāda teachings are collected in the Pāli Canon, the oldest known collection of the Buddhist texts composed in the Pāli language in Sri Lanka in first half of the first century B.C. The traditional name of the Pāli Canon, Tipiṭaka, refers to the initial Three baskets that preserved and contained palm tree leaves with the handwriting script with rules for those who followed Buddha (the first basket), with records of the Buddha’s statements (the second basket) and with the teachings interpretation (the third basket). The Pāli text helped to preserve the Buddha’s statements and as well
the fundamental terms of his teaching about mercy, suffering and compassion. The text also preserved the Buddha‘s knowledge about how the human mind functions. Thus today we have an authentic body of knowledge reaching back more than two thousand years. Theravāda Buddhism evolved in Sri Lanka thanks to the mission initiated by the Indian Ashoka Emperor (268–232 B. C.) and from there it spread across all of southern Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand). Nowadays there
are a significant number of western practitioners and followers that identify with this branch of Buddhism in the USA, Canada, Australia and Europe.
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