Three vehicles

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The three vehicles (Skt. triyāna; Tib.ཐེག་པ་གསུམ་, tekpa sum, Wyl. theg pa gsum), or the three yanas, is a term used in the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions to refer to classifications the path to enlightenment.

Within the Mahayana

In the context of the Mahayana tradition, the three vehicles are:

This categorization is presented within the Lotus Sutra; it is the most common presentation within the East Asian Buddhist tradition.

This categorization is also presented with Tibetan Buddhism, when explaining the Mahayana path as distinct from Vajrayana.

Within the Vajrayana

In the context of the Vajrayana tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, the three vehicles refer to:

See also