Vehicle

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yana. 'That which carries,' 'vehicle.' A set of teachings which enable one to journey towards rebirth in the higher realms, liberation from samsara or complete buddhahood [RY]


Vehicle (theg pa)

  • When the Buddhist teachings are classified according to their power, they are described as a vehicle (Skt. yāna) or a series of vehicles, which are arranged hierarchically in the manner of the rungs of a ladder. The term "vehicle" suggests a dynamic momentum leading to the attainment of nirvāṇa. Although from one standpoint there may be as many vehicles as there are thoughts arising in the mind, the tendency to classify the teachings into diverse vehicles has prevailed. Accordingly, the expression "two vehicles" refers to the distinction between the Lesser Vehicle (Skt. Hīnayāna) and the Greater Vehicle (Skt. Mahāyāna), the exprerssion "three vehicles" or "three causal vehicles" refers to the vehicles of pious attendants, hermit buddhas and bodhisattvas. The division into "nine vehicles", which corresponds to the rNying-ma classicfication, includes the three causal vehicles of pious attendants, hermit buddhas and bodhisattvas, and the six resultant vehicles. The latter comprise the three outer classes of tantraa, also known as vehicles of austere awareness, viz: Kriyātantra (bya ba'i rgyud kyi theg pa), Ubhayatantra (gnyis ka'i rgyud kyi theg pa), and Yogatantra (rnal 'byor gyi rgyud kyi theg pa); and the three inner classes of tantra, also known as vehicles of overpowering means, viz: Mahāyoga (rnal 'byor chen po'i theg pa), Anuyoga (rjes su rnal 'byor gyi theg pa), and Atiyoga (shin tu rnal 'byor gyi theg pa). GD (from the Glossary to Tibetan Elemental Divination Paintings)

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to bear [RY]

1) (Tha mi dad pa) [having lifted] tolerate, bear, go [Skyid theg sdug theg; Nad pas nad theg kyang, aem chis nad mi theg ...Mis mi theg pa gtam dang, chus mi theg pa rdo. Lag pas mi theg so yis mi chod]; 2) riding beast, vehicle, carriage, [Rta'i theg pa la zhon pa.Theg pa stong phrag bshams nas stobs shugs ston pa]; 3) path and means to, "that which leads/ carries" [Skt] yana, spiritual pursuit, approach to/ vehicle of the teaching, [tse] [IW]

1) (Tha mi dad pa [having lifted] tolerate, bear, go; 2) riding beast, vehicle, carriage,; 3) path and means to, "that which leads/ carries" [Skt] yana, spiritual pursuit, approach to/ vehicle of the teaching, [tse] [IW]

Vehicle. The practice of a set of teachings which 'carries' one to the level of fruition. In Buddhism there are mainly three vehicles: Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana [RY]

mi theg pa - cannot bear [to be scolded] [RY]

yana, vehicle, cart, carriage, conveyance, any vehicle for transit, spiritual pursuits, career, approach to the teaching, way of life, path of spiritual training, support, lift, raise, hold up, endure, be able, to carry, method of doctrinal religion and conduct, doctrine in overt action, practice of any doctrine, conduct, SA 'thegs pa, 'degs pa, rnal 'byor rgyud kyi theg pa, riding horse, 1 of 10 stobs bcu, spiritual way, system for spiritual development, spiritual way [JV]

spiritual approach [RB]

spiritual way [RY]

mi theg pa med pa nothing that we cannot bear [RY]

1) vehicle; way, yana; spiritual approach; spiritual pursuit, approach to the teaching, Def. by Jamg?ongtr?theg pa zhes pa khur dang ldan pa'i glang po che sogs la grags pa yang khur khyer nas bgrod par bya ba'i don gyis yin la/ de bzhin du rang dang gzhan don gyi khur khyer nas go 'phang mchog tu bgrod par byed pas theg pa zhes par bzhag cing/ de'ang 'dis bgrod pa rgyu lam dang 'dir bgrod pa 'bras bu'i theg pa zhes dang/ rang gzhan gnyis ka'i don sogs khur chen po dang ldan pas theg chen dang/ rang don 'ba zhig pa'i khur chung ngu dang ldan pas theg dman du bzhag pa]]. 2) theg pa, theg pa, theg pa intr. v.; to bear, carry, transit, be able to endure, lift. 3) vehicle, carriage, riding-beast, that which leads / carries, support, carry, lift; ex. mi theg pa'i khal ma 'gel don't overburden [animals]; ex. mi 'dod rkyen ngan theg pa be able to endure adverse circumstances [RY]

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