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ˌboʊ dəˈsʌt vəbod·hisatt·va

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  1. Bodhisattva, Boddhisatvanoun

    Buddhist worthy of nirvana who postpones it to help others


  1. bodhisattvanoun

    An person,generally who has taken specific lay or monastic vows; is on the road to perfect knowledge; specifically, one who foregoes personal nirvana in order to help others achieve enlightenment.

  2. bodhisattvanoun

    An enlightened being existing in a form of existence beyond the ordinary forms of physical reality understood and acknowledged by Western 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.


  1. bodhisattva

    A bodhisattva is a term in Buddhism referring to an individual who has attained a high level of spiritual understanding and enlightenment but chooses to remain in the earthly realm to help other sentient beings to achieve enlightenment and liberation from the cycle of rebirth and suffering (samsara). This term specifically aligns with the beliefs of Mahayana Buddhism.


  1. Bodhisattva

    In Buddhism, a bodhisattva is either an enlightened existence or an enlightenment-being or, given the variant Sanskrit spelling satva rather than sattva, "heroic-minded one for enlightenment." The Pali term has sometimes been translated as "wisdom-being," although in modern publications, and especially in tantric works, this is more commonly reserved for the term jñānasattva. Traditionally, a bodhisattva is anyone who, motivated by great compassion, has generated bodhicitta, which is a spontaneous wish to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings. The bodhisattva is a popular subject in Buddhist art. Usage of the term bodhisattva has evolved over time. In early Indian Buddhism, for example, the term bodhisattva was primarily used to refer specifically to the Buddha in his former lives. The Jatakas, which are the stories of his lives, depict the various attempts of the bodhisattva to embrace qualities like self-sacrifice and morality.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bodhisattva in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bodhisattva in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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  1. Thorsten J. Pattberg:

    Not a single Buddha, bodhisattva, or shengren in Europe, but in Asia: all philosophers and saints? What is that probability?

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