journeyed from place to place, teaching and converting hundreds of followers
and died at the age of eighty. However, his many disciples continued
spreading his teachings. At the same time Buddhism splitted into two
main schools of thought: Hinayana and Mahayana . The Followers
of Hinayana do not worship idols of Buddha as the enlightened prince
taught against idolatory. Very few other Nepalese Buddhists have adopted
the Hinayana school of thought, choosing rather to follow Mahayana teachings.
One of the central beliefs of Mahayanists is that one can achieve nirvana
by following the example of Bodhisattvas, Bodhi meaning enlightenment
and Sattva meaning essence.