Mahayana

Mahayana

[mah-huh-yah-nuh]
noun
the later of the two great schools of Buddhism, chiefly in China, Tibet, and Japan, characterized by eclecticism and a general belief in a common search for salvation, sometimes thought to be attainable through faith alone.
Compare Hinayana.


Origin:
1865–70; < Sanskrit, equivalent to mahā- great + yāna vehicle

Mahayanist [mah-huh-yah-nist] , noun
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Mahayana (ˌmɑːhəˈjɑːnə)
 
n
a.  a liberal Buddhist school of Tibet, China, and Japan, whose adherents aim to disseminate Buddhist doctrines, seeking enlightenment not for themselves alone, but for all sentient beings
 b.  (as modifier): Mahayana Buddhism
 
[from Sanskrit, from mahā great + yāna vehicle]
 
Maha'yanist
 
n

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Mahayana
type of Buddhism practiced in northern Asia, 1868, from Skt., from maha "great" (see maharajah) + yana "vehicle."
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