Theravada Buddhism

  • Theravada originated within the first monastic community created by Gautama Buddha in 523 BCE.
  • It is sometimes called 'Southern Buddhism' or 'The Teachings Of The Elders.'
A statue of Gautama Buddha
  • Theravada Buddhism is strongest in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, and Burma (Myanmar).
  • Theravada emphasizes individual enlightenment; the idea is to become an arhat (or arahant), which means "worthy one" in Pali.
  • Theravada teaches that enlightenment comes entirely through one's own efforts, without help from any gods or other outside forces
  • They live a very simple life style and they are divided into 2 groups; The Monks/Nuns and the lay people.
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