ananda wrote:What is your opinion ?
Should Hīnayāna continue to be used to refer to the Theravāda teachings or should it be avoided ?
Do you think the term is derogatory ?
Looks not an inspiration to use it. One maybe can call own being Hinayana as practice. Labeling!
In general about traditions: "other" buddhist practices their appaerances can be seen as very uncomfortable as they disturb our own attachment to what is familiar to us. mind <=> appaerances. It feels as not correct and so protest/proving arises for protection of rightenesses = is a fighting anchor. And so lost in appaerances: aversions/attachments are owning 'us'.
In own grasping the cat forces a dog to miooooooooow. Mind <=> appaerances.