Bodhisattva

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Sanskrit Noun

Bodhisattva

Bodhisattva
बोधिसत्त्व
བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་དཔའ།
菩薩

Basic Meaning

A person who seeks enlightenment for the sake of others. In Mahāyāna Buddhism, a Bodhisattva is a compassionate being who is training on the path to Buddhahood and aspires to eliminate the suffering of all beings and take all sentient beings to the state of enlightenment. The Mahāyāna sūtras including those on buddha-nature generally have Bodhisattvas as the main audience or interlocutors for the Buddha's discourses.

Has the Sense of

The term Bodhisattva rendered into Tibetan as བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་དཔའ་ (wyl. byang chub sems dpa') has the sense of heroic beings who have developed the thought of enlightenment or awakening. Thus, a Bodhisattva is defined as a person who has given rise to Bodhicitta or the thought of enlightenment.

Term Variations
Key Term Bodhisattva
Topic Variation Bodhisattva
Tibetan བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་དཔའ།  ( jangchub sempa)
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration byang chub sems dpa'  ( jangchub sempa)
Devanagari Sanskrit बोधिसत्त्व  ( bodhisattva)
Romanized Sanskrit bodhisattva  ( bodhisattva)
Chinese 菩薩
Chinese Pinyin pú sà
Japanese 菩薩
Japanese Transliteration bosatsu
Korean 보살
Korean Transliteration bosal
Buddha-nature Site Standard English Bodhisattva
Term Information
Source Language Sanskrit
Basic Meaning A person who seeks enlightenment for the sake of others. In Mahāyāna Buddhism, a Bodhisattva is a compassionate being who is training on the path to Buddhahood and aspires to eliminate the suffering of all beings and take all sentient beings to the state of enlightenment. The Mahāyāna sūtras including those on buddha-nature generally have Bodhisattvas as the main audience or interlocutors for the Buddha's discourses.
Has the Sense of The term Bodhisattva rendered into Tibetan as བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་དཔའ་ (wyl. byang chub sems dpa') has the sense of heroic beings who have developed the thought of enlightenment or awakening. Thus, a Bodhisattva is defined as a person who has given rise to Bodhicitta or the thought of enlightenment.
Term Type Noun
Definitions
Rangjung Yeshe Dictionary bodhisattva [awakening being]; bodhisattva. bodhisattvas. a being on the path of enlightenment, bodhisattva. 'heroic being of enlightenment' bodhisattva. Someone who has developed bodhichitta, the aspiration to attain enlightenment in order to benefit all sentient beings. A practitioner of the Mahayana path; especially a noble bodhisattva who has attained the first level
Tshig mdzod Chen mo ཐེག་ཆེན་སློབ་ལམ་པའི་གང་ཟག་སྟེ། བྱང་ཆུབ་ཆེན་པོ་ཐོབ་ཆེད་བསྐལ་པའི་ཡུན་དང་། འགྲོ་མང་གི་མཐའ། དབུ་དང་ཡན་ལག་གི་སྦྱིན་པ་གཏོང་བ་ལ་སེམས་མི་ཞུམ་པས་བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་དཔའ་ཞེས་བྱའོ།།
RigpaWiki rigpa:Bodhisattva
Other Definitions 84000 Glossary-Definitions:

A living being who has produced the spirit of enlightenment in himself and whose constant dedication, lifetime after lifetime, is to attain the unexcelled, perfect enlightenment of Buddhahood.

A person who is dedicated not merely to attaining liberation through attaining the state of an arhat, but to becoming a buddha. A name created from the Sanskritization of the middle-Indic bodhisatto, the Sanskrit equivalent of which was bodhisakta, “one who is fixed on enlightenment.”

Someone who practices according to the Vehicle of the Bodhisattvas; one who aims for complete buddhahood; “awakening hero;” “one who has a wish for awakening;” “one who awakens sentient beings.”

A person who is dedicated not merely to gaining liberation through attaining the state of an arhat, but to becoming a buddha. A name created from the Sanskritization of the middle-Indic bodhisatto, the Sanskrit equivalent of which was bodhisakta, “one who is fixed on enlightenment.”

A being who is dedicated to the cultivation and fulfilment of the altruistic intention to attain manifestly perfect buddhahood, traversing the five bodhisattva paths and ten bodhisattva levels. Bodhisattvas purposely opt to remain within cyclic existence in order to liberate all sentient beings, instead of simply seeking personal freedom from suffering. Philosophically, they realize the two aspects of selflessness, with respect to afflicted mental states and the nature of all phenomena.

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According to the Mahāyāna, an individual with the intent to achieve awakening for the sake of all beings.