Mahayana

[ mah-huh-yah-nuh ]
/ ˌmɑ həˈyɑ nə /

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.

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Origin of Mahayana

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

OTHER WORDS FROM Mahayana

Ma·ha·ya·nist [mah-huh-yah-nist], /ˌmɑ həˈyɑ nɪst/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Mahayana

Mahayana
/ (ˌmɑːhəˈjɑːnə) /

noun

  1. 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
  2. (as modifier)Mahayana Buddhism

Derived forms of Mahayana

Mahayanist, noun

Word Origin for Mahayana

from Sanskrit, from mahā great + yāna vehicle
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