Mahāyāna

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GlossaryMahāyāna

Sanskrit Noun

Mahāyāna

Great Vehicle
महायान
ཐེག་པ་ཆེན་པོ།
大乘

Basic Meaning

Mahāyāna, or the Great Vehicle, refers to the system of Buddhist thought and practice which developed around the beginning of Common Era, focusing on the pursuit of the state of full enlightenment of the Buddha through the realization of the wisdom of emptiness and the cultivation of compassion.

Term Variations
Key Term Mahāyāna
Topic Variation Mahāyāna
Tibetan ཐེག་པ་ཆེན་པོ།  ( thekpa chenpo)
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration theg pa chen po  ( thekpa chenpo)
Devanagari Sanskrit महायान
Romanized Sanskrit mahāyāna
Chinese 大乘
Chinese Pinyin dasheng
Buddha-nature Site Standard English Great Vehicle
Richard Barron's English Term greater approach
Ives Waldo's English Term great vehicle
Term Information
Source Language Sanskrit
Basic Meaning Mahāyāna, or the Great Vehicle, refers to the system of Buddhist thought and practice which developed around the beginning of Common Era, focusing on the pursuit of the state of full enlightenment of the Buddha through the realization of the wisdom of emptiness and the cultivation of compassion.
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Tshig mdzod Chen mo བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་དཔའི་ཐེག་པ་སྟེ།་ཐེག་དམན་ཉན་རང་ལས་ཆེན་པོ་བདུན་གྱིས་འཕགས་པས་ཐེག་པ་ཆེན་པོ་ཞེས་བྱའོ།།
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