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[[Image:Shravakas.JPG|frame|Shravaka disciples from the Longchen Nyingtik Field of Merit)]
Shravaka (Skt. śrāvaka; Tib. nyenthö; Wyl. nyan thos) — a follower of the basic vehicle who strives to attain the level of an arhat.
The Sanskrit word shravaka, means 'one who hears and proclaims'. There are two explanations for this:
- The second is that the sharavakas receive or hear teachings on the mahayana from the Buddha, and although they do not practise them themselves, they retain them with their infallible memories. Then, when they meet those they consider to be suitable vessels for the mahayana, they proclaim the teachings which they have memorized.