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Is there a better term than Hinayana that we should be using?

Term hinayana is from sutras. So, from mahayanistic point of view it's word of Buddha. Who we are to disregard it? But term hinayana have it's context. It is not as widely applicable as it's used ...
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Overt Sectarian Affiliations

It might be better to suggest putting the onus on the asker; if you want an answer from a specific school, then you should really state it. In fact, we should probably discourage broad questions like "...
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Should we edit answers to make it clear which Buddhist school/perspective the answer comes from?

I'm very much in favor of including the particular viewpoint (school/tradition) from which an answer is given as much as possible and where relevant. IMHO any good answer should include this ...
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Is there a better term than Hinayana that we should be using?

As I was just explaining in a comment to one of my answers, the term "Hinayana" is widely used by Tibetan Buddhism teachers to refer to basic/elementary/foundational (and because of this often ...
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Overt Sectarian Affiliations

Can I put a suggestion in which might be a bit controversial. If there is an answer that is from a particularly sectarian viewpoint that is unacknowledged then someone that spots it could edit the ...
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How should we police the use of the word Hinayana?

I am not particular about being called Hinayana or Theravada, but Hinayana has a derogatory connotation as viewed by some. As highlighted in the answer of Theravada this word is in the Sinhala ...
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How should we police the use of the word Hinayana?

As one of the main users of this word on this site, here is my position on this again: I don't use (lower-case) "hinayana" to refer to Theravada, I use it to mean "primitive/basic level of ...
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How should we police the use of the word Hinayana?

A very good question MatthewMartin.I really appreciate this question,thank you. I am a Srilankan Theravada Buddhist (I am supposed to call myself a hinayana Buddhist as to this word) and here's what ...
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Overt Sectarian Affiliations

Speaking for myself, I have no sectarian affiliation. Sometimes I am likely to give a Theravadin answer, some other times a Zen answer, sometimes a humanist, or Hindu or Christian or scientific ...
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Overt Sectarian Affiliations

I am frequently seeing a overt but unacknowledged sectarian affiliation. I think people will willingly acknowledge it, but don't make a habit of explicitly saying so all the time. Is there any plan ...
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How to ask questions about different traditions of Buddhism?

The question From the perspective of Theravada is SGI considered a cult? is 'primarily opinion-based', and not a good question (not a question which encourages helpful answers) It's opinion-based for ...
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Is the term Western Buddhist satisfactory?

I think it's as reasonable as the use of "Western" in any other context; Western philosophy, Western food, etc. Maybe even more so, since Buddhist originated in the "East", so any Buddhism that has ...
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Should we edit answers to make it clear which Buddhist school/perspective the answer comes from?

Yes. If we imagine the alternative, then answerers will have to post a survey of a dozen of traditions on each topic. On the otherhand, people will have to realize that if one person asks-- What ...
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Which type of Buddhism is for me?

Very important topic! I would not ask this question in such broad form though. I'm afraid this will be like comparative-religion questions, answers coming from limited perspectives of mostly being ...
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Is the term Western Buddhist satisfactory?

I consider myself a Western Buddhist since I'm Canadian and was raised totally secularly. Being a lay practitioner and without a real Buddhist community, I try to define my practice in a reasonable ...
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Should we edit answers to make it clear which Buddhist school/perspective the answer comes from?

Even within a particular tradition there are variations of interpretations among teachers and lineages. So if this is important as answer is from a particular viewpoint then it should be mentioned at ...
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Overt Sectarian Affiliations

I am not sure how to address this but mentioning the traditions becomes very difficult to do when you are sourcing the knowledge from many traditions and sub traditions. Say in the same sentence you ...
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How should we police the use of the word Hinayana?

I feel some sympathy towards Andrei's use of the word. Andrei (for one) isn't intending to use as a synonym for "Theravada" (and so the counter-argument in @Theravada's answer doesn't apply to it). ...
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Is it not possible to split this platform into Theravada Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism?

I don't think it's possible (i.e. I doubt that Stack Exchange would support it, and/or that sufficiently many users would support it). I guess that, to do it, people (i.e. you) would need to: Propose ...
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Is it not possible to split this platform into Theravada Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism?

I disagree that Buddhism SE should be split into different sects for the following reasons. Firstly, the fundamental doctrinal core of the different sects or traditions are the same. In Christianity,...
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What is Buddhism and who is Buddhist?

Tibetan Buddhism and Vajrayana are certainly recognized as part of Buddhism on this site. I was genuinely unaware that chakras are a part of this tradition and so was another moderator. The question ...
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What is Buddhism and who is Buddhist?

Can we please get this sorted out once and for all? If you do see a mistake, then thank you for commenting as you did, to help correct it.
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