'Faction of the Elders', the orthodox and original form of Buddhism.
Skt. Sthiravada ("Theravada" is Pali), Tib. Neten depa] The division of elders (sthavira) of the sravaka school; firm in his place; elder; Buddhist monk of Sthavira school. The Sravaka school was branched into eighteen divisions with only a few remaining now.
early Buddhism, which continues to be practised in Ceylon, Burma, Siam and Cambodia and sometimes referred to as ‘ Hinayana' (Clarke & Somers 1994).