Mahayana

noun
Ma·ha·ya·na | \ˌmä-hə-ˈyä-nə \

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

Other Words from Mahayana

Mahayanist \-ˈyä-nist \ noun or adjective
Mahayanistic \-yä-ˈnis-tik \ adjective

First Known Use of Mahayana

1855, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Mahayana

Sanskrit mahāyāna, literally, great vehicle

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