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this article ascribes the term sravakabuddha to Mahayana, but no source is cited. Peter jackson 09:52, 2 November 2007 (UTC)


How is it pronounced? --Diggindeeper (talk) 14:39, 24 October 2010 (UTC)

'In the Theravada School' section[edit]

In a Theravadin context, the Śrāvakayāna is said to lead to Śrāvakabuddha-hood[citation needed]. In that context, Śrāvakabuddhas are not able to be the first in their age to turn the wheel of Dharma.[citation needed]

I rewrote this entire section (obviously written by someone more familiar with the later Mahayana or Vajrayana traditions) as in early Buddhist schools there is never a focus on the notion of 'an age', being 'first to turn the wheel of Dharma' in an age, and the term 'Śrāvakabuddha' is apparently not even used. prat (talk) 09:30, 15 July 2011 (UTC)

If I understand it correctly, the sravakabuddha concept only exists in late Theravadin commentaries. However, these doctrines, which were never in mainstream Theravada, Mahayana, or Vajrayana teachings, have been widely circulated. For my own part, I have never seen the term sravakabuddha in Mahayana or Vajrayana texts or doctrines, or ever discussed in other schools of Buddhism than Theravada. In Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions, one who succeeds in the path of a sravaka is always called an arhat. If my understanding is correct, in Mahayana teachings, arhats have a certain type of liberation and Nirvana (with remainder), but they do not turn the Dharmacakra as Gautama Buddha did. Again, this is the Mahayana view, and the Theravada interpretations may not necessarily agree with each point. Tengu800 11:45, 15 July 2011 (UTC)