Thanavuddho wrote:The fish is jumping from the small vehicle (hinayana) into the big vehicle (mahayana).
Only kidding. In reality the fish will hang in midair.
Upon first reading of your post, Bhante, I got a good laugh. Actually a pretty good joke to accompany the photo.
My sense is that you've got a good, sharp, and nuanced mind...a bit like Ajahn Chah, who I read could be quite sharp and funny. I hope you stay in robes for many vassa, and find a longterm home in Australia.
We should be able to use the perjorative 'hinayana' without everyone getting too bent out of shape. It's not like crying "shark" while ocean swimming....nothing to fear...
There was a hinayana...they're gone now for many centuries. People that intentionally use 'hinayana' for 'Theravada' are confused and silly.