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:
- the shravaka yana (shravaka vehicle)
- the pratyekabuddha yana (pratyekabuddha vehicle)
- the bodhisattva yana (bodhisattva vehicle)
This categorization is also presented with Tibetan Buddhism, when explaining the Mahayana path as distinct from Vajrayana.