Theravāda

Theravāda (/ˌtɛrəˈvɑːdə/; Pāli, lit. “School of the Elders”) is the most ancient branch of Buddhism still extant today, and the one that preserved their version of the teachings of Gautama Buddha in the Pāli Canon. The Pāli Canon is the only complete Buddhist canon which survives in a classical Indian language, Pāli, which serves as both sacred language and lingua franca of Theravāda Buddhism. For more than a millennium, Theravāda has focused on preserving the dhamma, and it tends to be very conservative with regard to matters of doctrine and monastic discipline.

Extract taken from Wikipedia Theravada article

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