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Dharma is a key concept with multiple meanings in the Indian religions Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.

Buddhism is a nontheistic religion or philosophy that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices largely based on teachings attributed to Gautama Buddha.

Two major extant branches of Buddhism are generally recognized by scholars: Theravada and Mahayana. Theravada has a widespread following in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. Mahayana is found throughout East Asia.

Hīnayāna
Hīnayāna (हीनयान) is a Sanskrit term literally meaning: the “Smaller Vehicle”, applied to the Śrāvakayāna, the Buddhist path followed by a śrāvaka who wishes to become an arhat. The term appeared around the 1st or 2nd century.

Mahāyāna
Mahāyāna (Sanskrit: महायान mahāyāna, literally the “Great Vehicle”) is one of two (or three, under some classifications) main existing branches of Buddhism and a term for classification of Buddhist philosophies and practice.

Vajrayāna
Vajrayāna (Sanskrit: वज्रयान, Bengali: বজ্রযান) is also known as Tantric Buddhism, Tantrayāna, Mantrayāna, Secret Mantra, Esoteric Buddhism and the Diamond Way or Thunderbolt Way. The Lama and the Guru yoga are central in this system.

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