Mahayana Definition

mähə-yänə
noun
A major movement or school in Buddhism: it emphasizes acts of virtue and compassion rather than asceticism and contemplation.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
  • mahayana-buddhism
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Origin of Mahayana

  • Sanskrit Mahāyānam greater vehicle (as contrasted with Hīnayānam lesser vehicle Hinayana) mahā- great meg- in Indo-European roots yānam vehicle ei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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