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Definition of Mahayana noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Mahayana

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌmɑːhəˈjɑːnə//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɑːhəˈjɑːnə//
 
(also Mahayana Buddhism) [uncountable] Types of belief
 
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one of the two major forms of Buddhism compare Theravada See related entries: Types of belief Word Originfrom Sanskrit, from mahā ‘great’ + yāna ‘vehicle’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Mahayana