Definition of Vajrayana in US English:



  • The Tantric tradition of Buddhism, especially when regarded as distinct from the Mahayana tradition from which it developed.

    • ‘The closest, the most direct, are the Vajrayana teachings.’
    • ‘The true practitioner of Vajrayana is unassailable in the face of difficulty.’
    • ‘It is very hard to be a Vajrayana practitioner with a timid, chicken-hearted attitude toward life.’
    • ‘Finally, gradually, we begin the Vajrayana practice.’
    • ‘There are many stages of attainment in the Vajrayana breathing.’
    • ‘In the Vajrayana the teacher should actually be enlightened.’
    • ‘The teachings I discuss here belong to the vehicle of Vajrayana.’
    • ‘Vajrayana is not like the general teachings of the Buddha.’
    • ‘The additional teaching of Vajrayana is the Deep Breathing.’
    • ‘According to the view of Vajrayana, the physical existence of form is sacred.’
    • ‘Then in the Vajrayana tradition suffering itself is said to be bliss.’
    • ‘Consequently, many young Lamas have prostituted the teachings of Vajrayana, causing their students to fall.’
    • ‘The more subtle level of Vajrayana practice says, inside you, your most subtle level of consciousness is the enlightened nature of mind.’
    • ‘The paintings have deep roots in the ancient traditions of Vajrayana Buddhism.’
    • ‘To someone with the Vajrayana attitude, however, this is the perfect abode of the Buddha.’
    • ‘Once you have a proper knowledge about Mahayana you can ask a qualified teacher how to approach Vajrayana.’
    • ‘In Vajrayana there is no distinction made between chanting or meditating.’
    • ‘One tends to associate Tibet with the quintessential path of the Vajrayana.’
    • ‘The interesting thing is you don't find this just in the Mahayana or Vajrayana texts.’
    • ‘The fourth right view is the Causation of the Seven Elements found in Vajrayana.’


Sanskrit vajrayāna, from vajra ‘thunderbolt’ (the god Indra's symbolic vehicle) and yāna ‘path, journey’.