Three Vehicles; 2 Definition(s)

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General definition (in Buddhism)

[Three Vehicles in Buddhism glossaries]

Three Vehicles:—A technical term in Buddhism corresponding to the Sanskrit triyāna defined in the Dharma-saṃgraha (section 2):

  1. The disciples’ vehicle (śrāvaka-yāna), 
  2. The independent Buddhas’ vehicle (pratyekabuddha-yāna),
  3. The great vehicle (mahā-yāna).

The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., triyāna, ‘three vehicles’). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

(Source): Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgrahaThey are the Two Vehicles, plus the Bodhisattva Vehicle, i.e. the Vehicles for Sravaka, Pratyeka Buddha, and the Bodhisattva are called the Three Vehicles.(Source): Buddhist Door: Glossary

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