While I was familiar with most of the terms, I was unfamiliar with several (Rinzai specific?) terms, including, for example, “Shugyo” and given its meaning, I was surprised that I hadn’t come across the term before.
Among the terms I was familiar with were:
I understand “solitary buddha” as one who awakens without lineage. As noted in the definition, the attainment is not complete, but it is a genuine awakening; so I disagree that a “solitary buddha” lacks the aspiration to help others for a buddha, perfect or not, cannot lack compassion although it too may be “not complete”.PRATYEKABUDDHAYANA (Skt.; Jpn., engakujo). The “vehicle of solitary buddhas.” In Mahayana classification, the term refers to those who arrive at enlightenment on their own and who do not ever teach. Their attainment is genuine but still considered incomplete, and they do not aspire to compassionately aid others. This vehicle and the Shravakayana together comprise the Hinayana.
Upon reflection, I realize that I’m a Hinayanist. I’m not a Mahayanist.SHRAVAKAYANA (Skt.; Jpn., shomonjo). The “vehicle of the hearers.” In Mahayana classification, this refers to those who follow a buddha’s teachings but whose practice tends toward a partial, personal liberation rather than the full fruit of buddhahood. This vehicle and the Pratyekabuddhayana together comprise the Hinayana.
I’m a Hinayanist . . . but not by choice. I’d prefer to be the nobler Mahayanist, a Bodhisattva who vows to liberate all beings; but that’s not my character. There are people in the world who are Bodhisattvas, who are dedicated to compassionately aiding others, but I’m not one of them. I’m sometimes helpful, but not often, and not in a dedicated way.MAHAYANA (Skt.; Jpn., daijo). The “great vehicle,” also called the Bodhisattvayana: the vehicle of the bodhisattvas, who vow to attain enlightenment not solely for themselves but to liberate all beings. In Mahayana traditions that became dominant in Central and East Asia, it is believed that only this vehicle results in complete buddhahood, including all the qualities and means for aiding others. The common Mahayana path is marked by a gradual fulfillment of the paramitas.
In truth, the only thing I’m dedicated to is me. Hinayana.