Definition of Mahayana

1. Noun. A major school of Buddhism teaching social concern and universal salvation; China; Japan; Tibet; Nepal; Korea; Mongolia.

Generic synonyms: Buddhism
Member holonyms: Mahayanist
Derivative terms: Mahayanist

2. Noun. One of two great schools of Buddhist doctrine emphasizing a common search for universal salvation especially through faith alone; the dominant religion of China and Tibet and Japan.
Exact synonyms: Mahayana Buddhism
Generic synonyms: Buddhism
Specialized synonyms: Yogacara
Derivative terms: Mahayanist

Definition of Mahayana

1. Proper noun. (Buddhism) A school of Buddhism widely practised in China, Japan, Korea and Mongolia. It literally means "Great Vehicle" and teaches universal salvation with emphasis on social concerns. ¹

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Literary usage of Mahayana

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1. An Outline of the Religious Literature of India by John Nicol Farquhar (1920)
"The Full Mahayana. § 124. There are two distinct Mahayana systems to be recognized at ... The first may be called the full Mahayana, as it contains all the ..."

2. A Student's Philosophy of Religion by William Kelley Wright (1922)
"VIII—Buddhism in China and Japan Not only has Mahayana Buddhism furnished interesting parallels to Catholic Christianity. Among the various Buddhist sects ..."

3. Buddhist Art in India by Albert Grünwedel (1901)
"Tradition connects Maitreya directly with the origin of the Mahayana school in representing the Tantras as received from Maitreya by the monk ..."

4. The Monist by Hegeler Institute (1919)
"Mahayana teaches the existence of an Absolute, which in its ontological aspect ... According to Mahayana every Buddha is to be considered as becoming one in ..."

5. Studies in Japanese Buddhism by August Karl Reischauer (1917)
"... using the books in the Canon rather than the different works as the units of division: A. Mahayana sutras 2883 books B. Hinayana sutras 680 books C. ..."

6. Chinese Buddhism: A Volume of Sketches, Historical, Descriptive and Critical by Joseph Edkins (1880)
"... Lii, Lun—First Council—Work of Ananda—The Mahayana of Northern Buddhism ... between the primitive and Mahayana books—List of translators AD 70 to AD ..."

7. The World's Parliament of Religions: An Illustrated and Popular Story of the by John Henry Barrows (1893)
"That Buddhism is not known to the world, and reply do I before that lately European scholars hold to the opinion the Mahayana was not preached by Buddha ..."

8. Buddhism in Tibet: Illustrated by Literary Documents and Objects of by Emil Schlagintweit (1863)
"The fundamental Mahayana principles. The leading principles of this doctrine are to be found in the earliest works attributed to Nagarjuna, ..."

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