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'''Mahayana''' (Skt. mahāyāna; Tib. ''tekpa chenpo''; [[Wyl.]] ''theg pa chen po'') - the great or universal vehicle. The essence of the mahayana is the aspiration to attain [[buddhahood]] as the only means to help all beings find liberation from [[suffering]]. This aspiration is called [[bodhichitta]], the ‘heart of enlightened mind’, and is realized on both an absolute and relative level.
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'''Mahayana''' (Skt. mahāyāna; Tib. ''tekpa chenpo''; [[Wyl.]] ''theg pa chen po'') the great or universal vehicle. The essence of the mahayana is the aspiration to attain [[buddhahood]] as the only means to help all beings find liberation from [[suffering]]. This aspiration is called [[bodhichitta]], the ‘heart of enlightened mind’, and is realized on both an absolute and relative level.
  
 
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Revision as of 18:51, 26 December 2008

Mahayana (Skt. mahāyāna; Tib. tekpa chenpo; Wyl. theg pa chen po) — the great or universal vehicle. The essence of the mahayana is the aspiration to attain buddhahood as the only means to help all beings find liberation from suffering. This aspiration is called bodhichitta, the ‘heart of enlightened mind’, and is realized on both an absolute and relative level.

Alternative translations

  • Great vehicle
  • Universal vehicle (Robert Thurman)