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==Categories of Vehicle==
 
==Categories of Vehicle==
The buddhist teachings are often classified according to yanas, most commonly into  
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The Buddhist teachings are often classified according to yanas, most commonly into:
 
*the '''[[two yanas]]''', the [[basic vehicle|'basic' or 'individual' vehicle]] (Skt. ''hinayana'') and the [[mahayana|'greater' or 'universal' vehicle]] (Skt. ''mahayana''), or  
 
*the '''[[two yanas]]''', the [[basic vehicle|'basic' or 'individual' vehicle]] (Skt. ''hinayana'') and the [[mahayana|'greater' or 'universal' vehicle]] (Skt. ''mahayana''), or  
 
*the '''[[three yanas]]'''.  
 
*the '''[[three yanas]]'''.  
The [[Nyingma]] tradition also classifies the teachings into the '''[[nine yanas]]'''.
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The [[Nyingma]] tradition also classifies the teachings into '''[[nine yanas]]'''.
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There also exists a [[Five vehicles|five yana]] classification.
  
 
==Notes==
 
==Notes==

Latest revision as of 14:59, 7 February 2012

Vehicle (Skt. yāna; Tib. ཐེག་པ་, tekpa; Wyl. theg pa) — that which carries us along the spiritual path to our final destination.

Alak Zenkar Rinpoche writes:[1]

[...]What is meant by the term ‘vehicle’ or yana[?] It is said in The Condensed Sutra:[2]
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 Nyingma tradition also classifies the teachings into nine yanas.

There also exists a five yana classification.

Notes