One of the major schools of Buddhism, active especially in Tibet and Japan and emphasizing esoteric teachings and tantric practices as a means to enlightenment.
Origin of VajrayanaSanskrit Vajrayānam vajrah thunderbolt (considered in Hindu and Buddhist tradition to be made of an indestructible substance like diamond), diamond, Buddhist ritual implement representing the irresistible force of the thunderbolt and the indestructibility of diamond (Avestan vazrō mace ) (Greek agnunai to break ) (Hittite wāki he bites ) yānam vehicle ; see ei- in Indo-European roots.
- (Buddhism) A school of Buddhism widely practised in Tibet. It literally means "Diamond (vajra) Vehicle (yana)".
From Sanskrit वज्रयान (vajrayāna).