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What is a Boddhisatva?

by Eddy Hsu أغسطس 14, 2023

What is a Boddhisatva?

Bodhisattvas are individuals who have chosen the path of enlightenment and compassion with the ultimate goal of becoming a Buddha, but have postponed their own enlightenment to help all sentient beings achieve liberation from suffering first. The term "bodhisattva" is derived from two Sanskrit words: "bodhi," which means enlightenment, and "sattva," which means being or sentient being.

Bodhisattvas are central figures in Mahayana Buddhism, one of the major branches of Buddhism. In Mahayana Buddhism, bodhisattvas are seen as compassionate and enlightened beings who embody qualities such as wisdom, compassion, and altruism. They are often depicted as figures who have the ability to guide and support individuals on their spiritual journeys.

Bodhisattvas are considered to have already attained a high level of spiritual insight and realization, but have chosen to remain in the cycle of samsara to help others overcome suffering and achieve nirvana. They do this through various means, including teaching, guiding, and providing inspiration to sentient beings.

Some well-known bodhisattvas include Avalokiteshvara, also known as Guanyin or Kannon, who embodies compassion; Manjushri, who embodies wisdom; and Samantabhadra, who embodies the practice of virtue.



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