Meaning of Vajrayana in English:


Pronunciation /ˌvadʒrəˈjɑːnə/


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

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


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