Definition of


  1. (noun, cognition) 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
  2. (noun, group) a major school of Buddhism teaching social concern and universal salvation; China; Japan; Tibet; Nepal; Korea; Mongolia

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Synonyms of Mahayana

mahayana buddhism

Alternate forms of Mahayana

Derivations: mahayanist

Hyponyms: yogacara

Hypernyms: buddhism

Origin of the word Mahayana

  1. type of Buddhism practiced in northern Asia, 1868, from Skt., from maha "great" (see maharajah) + yana "vehicle." more

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