Three yanas leading from the origin

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Three outer yanas leading from the origin (Tib. kunjung drenpé tekpa sum, Wyl. kun 'byung 'dren pa'i theg pa gsum) — the name given to the three causal vehicles of characteristics in the context of the nine yana categorization. They are:

Why are these three called ‘vehicles leading from the origin’? It is because they lead us along the path to the result of liberation from samsara by abandoning all the actions (karma) and destructive emotions (kleshas) which are the cause or ‘origin’ [of suffering].[1]

Alternative Terms

  • three vehicles that inspire renunciation (Wyl. nges byung 'dren pa'i theg pa)[2]


  1. LotsawaHouse-tag.png A Brief Presentation of the Nine Yanas by Alak Zenkar Rinpoche
  2. Ju Mipham Jampal Gyepa'i Dorje, Essence of Clear Light, trans. by Lama Chönam and Sangye Khandro of the Light of Berotsana Translation Group (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2010), page 65.