Ekayāna

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Key Term ekayāna
In Tibetan Script ཐེག་པ་གཅིག་པ་
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration theg pa gcig pa
Devanagari Sanskrit Script एकयान
Tibetan Phonetic Rendering tekpa chikpa
Chinese Script 一乘
Chinese Pinyin yīchéng
Japanese Script いちじょう
Japanese Transliteration ichijō
Korean Script 일승
Korean Transliteration ilsŭng
English Standard single vehicle
Term Type Noun
Source Language Sanskrit
Basic Meaning The notion that ultimately there is only one vehicle, or means, of achieving enlightenment.
Has the Sense of There is only one way to become a buddha.
Definitions
Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism See page 281: In Sanskrit, lit. “one vehicle” or “single vehicle.” “Vehicle” literally means “conveyance” or “transportation,” viz., the conveyance that carries sentient beings from saṃsāra to nirvāṇa; the term may also refer to the actual person who reaches the destination of the path. The doctrine of a single vehicle is set forth in certain Mahāyāna sūtras , most famously, the Saddharmapuṇḍarīkasūtra (“Lotus Sūtra”), which declares that the three vehicles of the śrāvaka (disciple), pratyekabuddha (solitary buddha), and bodhisattva are actually just three expedient devices (upāyakauśalya) for attracting beings to the one buddha vehicle, via which they all become buddhas.
TshigmdzodChenmo mthar thug nges don snying po'i theg pa ste 'bras bu'i theg pa'o/