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Bodhisat \Bo"dhi*sat\, ||Bodhisattva \Bo`dhi*satt"va\, ||Bodhisattwa \Bo`dhi*satt"wa\, n. [Skr. b[=o]dhisattva (perh. through Pali b[=o]dhisatt[=o]); fr. b[=o]dhi knowledge, enlightenment + sattva being, essence.] (Buddhism) One who has reached the highest degree of saintship, so that in his next incarnation he will be a Buddha, or savior of the world. -- Bo"dhi*sat`ship, n.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1828, from Sanskrit, literally "one whose essence is perfect knowledge," from bodhi "perfect knowledge" (see Buddha) + sattva "reality, being."


n. 1 (context Buddhism English) A person who has taken specific lay or monastic vows and who is on the road to perfect knowledge; specifically, one who foregoes personal nirvana in order to help others achieve enlightenment. 2 (context Buddhism English) An enlightened being existing in a form of existence beyond the ordinary forms of physical reality understood and acknowledged by scientific thought, resembling the Western notion of angels, but with a wealth of its own nuances and expectations. These include the compassionate working for enlightenment of all sentient beings.


In Mahayana Buddhism, bodhisattva is the Sanskrit term for anyone who, motivated by great compassion, has generated bodhicitta, which is a spontaneous wish to attain buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings. Bodhisattvas are a popular subject in Buddhist art.

Bodhisattva (song)
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Bodhisattva (film)

Bodhisattva is a 2010 independent film directed by San Banarje and written by Trisha Ray and San Banarje. The film stars Soumitra Chatterjee in the title role and Trisha Ray as his daughter. The film was shot in seven days and edited in a month. The world premiere of film was on 19 April 2010 at the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival where it won the Platinum Remi Award.

Usage examples of "bodhisattva".

Mahayana preached universal love, through the ideal of the bodhisattva, for all beings, animal as well as human.

Mahayana was accompanied both by a tendency to regard the Buddha as a transcendent, rather than earthly, being and by adulation for the bodhisattva, or buddha-to-be, who would assist others on the path to buddhahood.

The pattern of their striving was the career of the historical Buddha as a bodhisattva in his numerous previous lives: in each was performed some act of pre-eminent charity and self-sacrifice by which merit was accumulated and the entitlement to full Enlightenment was brought nearer.

The career of the bodhisattva represents it in the classical Mahayana.

Their specifically Buddhist application was linked to the quest for illumination and salvation by the rapid path as distinct from that of the earlier Mahayana, which offered the slow path of the bodhisattva with the ripening of the necessary perfections over numerous lives.

During the same reign a controversy developed between Chinese Buddhist adherents of the rapid path of Buddhahood and Indian defenders of the classical Mahayana or bodhisattva progression by stages.

All three, with the Dalai Lamas, their successors, were subsequently held to incarnate the compassionate saviour god and Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, who was also the traditional patron deity of Tibet.

Manjusri, Bodhisattva of Wisdom, holding his sword, a bow and the stalk of the lotus supporting the book of knowledge.

Since the six-syllable formula is the special mantra of Avalokitesvara, low relief carving of that Bodhisattva might be found with it.

It seemed that long ago, a holy man, a bodhisattva, was walking through the Indian countryside when he came upon a band of poor, troubled herdsmen and their emaciated flock.

The herdsmen were moaning and gnashing and wringing their hands, and when the bodhisattva asked them what was the matter, they pointed to a range of nearby mountains.

He might have had the patience of a bodhisattva, but he was far from being one.

Urine had a more noticeable odor, and if it was urine, and should happen to seep onto the mat--Great Compassion Bodhisattva, protect me!

Over the years, he had steadily gained popularity as a bodhisattva of rescue.

It is a delicate-featured image of a bodhisattva, not unlike Kwannon, in garments woven of moonbeams.