Mahayana Buddhism

Page author: Luke Burns

This page published on: 07/02/2020

Last modified: 10/11/2020

A form of Buddhism which is focused on attaining liberation for all beings out of compassion for the suffering of the world.


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Mahayana is a form of Buddhism that includes many divergent traditions spread over a geographically and culturally diverse area, but can be summarised as a religion where compassion for others is the principal virtue. For Mahayanists, the aspirational figure is the bodhisattva: one who delays their own salvation in order to help others achieve liberation first.