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- [...]What is meant by the term ‘vehicle’ or yana[?] It is said in The Condensed Sutra:
- This vehicle is the supreme of vehicles for reaching
- The vast sky-like palace of happiness and bliss.
- Riding in this all beings will reach nirvana.
- This refers to the literal meaning of the Sanskrit term yana, a vehicle or means of conveyance, since it is that which carries us along the paths and bhumis, bringing us ever greater enlightened qualities.
Categories of Vehicle
The Buddhist teachings are often classified according to yanas, most commonly into:
- the two yanas, the 'basic' or 'individual' vehicle (Skt. hinayana) and the 'greater' or 'universal' vehicle (Skt. mahayana), or
- the three yanas.
There also exists a five yana classification.
- A Brief Presentation of the Nine Yanas by Alak Zenkar Rinpoche
- i.e., The Condensed Prajnaparamita Sutra