Etymology
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Mahayana

type of Buddhism practiced in northern Asia, 1868, from Sanskrit, from maha "great" (from PIE root *meg- "great") + yana "vehicle" (from PIE root *ei- "to go").

updated on December 10, 2020

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Definitions of Mahayana from WordNet

Mahayana (n.)
a major school of Buddhism teaching social concern and universal salvation; China; Japan; Tibet; Nepal; Korea; Mongolia;
Mahayana (n.)
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;
Synonyms: Mahayana Buddhism
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.