Theravada (pronounced — more or less — "terra-VAH-dah"), the "Doctrine of the Elders," is the school of Buddhism that draws its scriptural inspiration from the Tipitaka, or Pali canon, which scholars generally agree contains the earliest surviving record of the Buddha's teachings.
For many centuries, Theravada has been the predominant religion of continental Southeast Asia (Thailand, Myanmar/Burma, Cambodia, and Laos) and Sri Lanka. Today, Theravada Buddhists number well over 100 million worldwide. In recent decades, Theravada has begun to take root in the West.
Theravada practices involve mindfulness, meditation, and following the various precepts (whether it's the 5, 8, or 10 precepts!).
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