Meaning of Mahayana

Ma•ha•ya•na

Pronunciation: (mä"hu-yä'nu), [key]
— n.
  1. the later of the two great schools of Buddhism, chiefly in China, Tibet, and Japan, characterized by eclecticism and a general belief in a common search for salvation, sometimes thought to be attainable through faith alone. Cf.
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