January 19th, 2014

woxin ancient Gjn

Oh so that's why--

The kanji for what is puzzlingly called the Great Vehicle of the Law, Mahayana Buddhism, are 大乗仏教- great ride buddhism teach. Not that 乗 is a vehicle where I come from, but possibly in ancient Chinese it was, in addition to the 'numerary adjunct for vehicles' that mandarintools says it can be.

I did always wonder about that.

Information courtesy of this Buddhist blog. (I have too many blogs book-marked. I need a way to make the occasional ones accessible. But if I stuff the rarities into a new file, I forget about them, as I would have with this one, which was way down at the three-scrolls bottom of the list.)