from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of the major schools of Buddhism, teaching social concern and universal salvation and active in Japan, Korea, Nepal, Tibet, Mongolia, Vietnam, and China.
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- proper n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a major school of Buddhism teaching social concern and universal salvation, found in China; Japan; Tibet; Nepal; Korea; and Mongolia.
- n. one of two great schools of Buddhist doctrine emphasizing a common search for universal salvation esp through faith alone; chiefly in China; Tibet; Japan.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A later form of Buddhism, originated by Nagarguna.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
- n. a major school of Buddhism teaching social concern and universal salvation; China; Japan; Tibet; Nepal; Korea; Mongolia
Heidegger's characterization of the fourfold's mutually appropriating "mirror-play" and insight regarding the universe's luminosity in Mahayana Buddhism.
The main aspect of method in the Mahayana is the portion dealing with achievement of the Form Body, and the method that achieves the Form Body in the Mantrayana is just the deity yoga of meditating on oneself as having an aspect similar to that of a Form Body.
The Tibetans and Pema Chödrön practice a form of Buddhism known as Mahayana.
Second, De La Vallee Poussin appears to assume that there is a coherent and consistent belief about the nature of Trikaya overarching all so-called Mahayana sects.
Having explained the inadequacy of the Hinayana and non-Madhyamaka Mahayana manners of meditating on the four – merely to realize the four noble truths in terms of them – Shantideva presents a Madhyamaka way to meditate in terms of their voidness of true existence.
It used to be thought that the Theravada represented a purer form of Buddhism and that the Mahayana was a corruption, but, again, modern scholars see both as authentic.
It was known as the Mahayana, or Great Vehicle, in distinction to the other and earlier form of Buddhism contemptuously styled the Hinayana or Little
Both schools existed but the Mahayana was the more flourishing.
Since the early history of the Mahayana is a matter for argument rather than precise statement, it will perhaps be best to begin with some account of its doctrines and literature and proceed afterwards to chronology.
Two conspicuous features of the Mahayana are the worship of Bodhisattvas and idealist philosophy.