Manapa wrote:hi 5heeps
hina doesn't just mean lesser
hīna : [pp. of hāyati] diminished; dwindled; wasted away. (adj.), low; inferior; base; despicable.
although I would be interested on what hina means in Nepali & modern Indian if it is different?
In Nepali, "hin" or "hina" has very negative meaning. If someone says to me "you are 'hin' " I feel very offended, it hurts my feeling very much.
The meaning of "hina" you gave above (hīna : [pp. of hāyati] diminished; dwindled; wasted away. (adj.), low; inferior; base; despicable.) is the same in Nepali, Sanskrit, and Hindi (a major language of Northern Part of India today).
A related word "hinata" means condition of being inferior. And another related word "hinatabodh" means inferiority complex.
I don't want to or need to go inside the depth of dictionary meaning to decide whether I should avoid using the term "Hinayana". Even if this term had any positive meaning in the past I would not use it because the words "hina" or "hinayana" are so unpleasant to my ear I just don't want to hear them. I strongly feel that the usage of this word to refer to a tradition is against "right speech". I wonder why some people (especially some scholars in the west) still use the term to refer to a major tradition. It should have been avoided long ago.