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大乗 (Jpn daijo )
Also, Great Vehicle.
The Mahayana teachings.
The Sanskrit word Mahayana means great vehicle. Great vehicle indicates a teaching capable of carrying many people to enlightenment.
The term is used in contrast with the lesser vehicle, Hinayana, a name given by Mahayanists to the more conservative monastic forms of Buddhism of their time and indicating a teaching that can carry only a limited number of people to enlightenment.