Definition of Mahayana in English:

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Mahayana

Pronunciation: /ˌmähəˈyänə/
(also Mahayana Buddhism)

noun

One of the two major traditions of Buddhism, now practiced in a variety of forms especially in China, Tibet, Japan, and Korea. The tradition emerged around the 1st century ad and is typically concerned with altruistically oriented spiritual practice as embodied in the ideal of the bodhisattva. Compare with Theravada.
Example sentences
  • In the United States the dominant form of Buddhism is Mahayana Buddhism, and Theravada Buddhism is confined to a few viharas.
  • Buddhism was an influential religion throughout America by the 1970s, with Theravada Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism greatly influencing immigrants.
  • The kind of Buddhism we follow - Mahayana Buddhism - has the ideal that you're in the middle of all of the defilement, chaos and unrest, but you're still concentrating.

Origin

From Sanskrit, from mahā 'great' + yāna 'vehicle'.

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Syllabification: Ma·ha·ya·na

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