Origin of Mahayana
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Both schools existed but the Mahayana was the more flourishing.
Students of the mahayana present offerings to the Prajna-paramita, to Manjusri, and to Kwan-she-yin.Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms|Fa-Hsien
Their volumes were to the samurai what the Mahayana was to the Buddhist.
The alien rulers, accordingly, showed interest in the Chinese shamans as well as in the shamanistic aspects of Mahayana Buddhism.A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]|Wolfram Eberhard
And the Mahayana, if less self-centred, has also less self-reliance, and self-discipline.
- 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
- (as modifier)Mahayana Buddhism