a major movement or school in Buddhism: it emphasizes acts of virtue and compassion rather than asceticism and contemplation
Origin of MahayanaSanskrit mah?y?na, literally , greater vehicle
One of the major schools of Buddhism, traditionally active in much of Nepal, Tibet, and East Asia and emphasizing compassion and the possibility of universal salvation.
Origin of MahayanaSanskrit Mahāyānam greater vehicle ( as contrasted with Hīnayānam lesser vehicle ; see Hinayana . ) mahā- great ; see meg- in Indo-European roots. yānam vehicle ; see ei- in Indo-European roots.