Definition of Mahayana
: a liberal and theistic branch of Buddhism comprising sects chiefly in China and Japan, recognizing a large body of scripture in addition to the Pali canon, and teaching social concern and universal salvation — compare theravada
Origin of mahayana
Sanskrit mahāyāna, literally, great vehicle
First Known Use: 1855
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