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