Śravakayāna is a term used by some Mahayana Buddhists to describe one hypothetical path to enlightenment: the «vehicle of hearers «. It is also sometimes used as a euphemism for «Hīnayāna» (the «lesser vehicle») in reference to certain early schools of Buddhism.
— For a discussion of early Buddhist schools, see early Buddhist schools
— For a discussion of the nomenclature problem for pre-Mahāyāna Buddhism, see Hīnayāna.
— For a discussion of the spiritual goal of a Sravaka, see Sravaka-Buddha