EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Buddhism a person who has attained prajna, or Enlightenment, but who postpones Nirvana in order to help others to attain Enlightenment: individual Bodhisattvas are the subjects of devotion in certain sects and are often represented in painting and sculpture. Origin of Bodhisattva 1820–30; < Pali, Sanskrit
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As they thus went away, the
Bodhisattva arose and walked (after them).
Bodhisattva said, “I will deliver the king from this snake.”
Have you not heard the story of the adorable
Bodhisattva in his former birth as a boar?
Have I in my delusion eaten an incarnation of a
Miroku, too, is frequently to be seen, but Miroku is not yet a Buddha but only
Bodhisattva. British Dictionary definitions for bodhisattva noun (in Mahayana Buddhism) a divine being worthy of nirvana who remains on the human plane to help men to salvation Compare arhat Word Origin for Bodhisattva
Sanskrit, literally: one whose essence is enlightenment, from
bodhi enlightenment + sattva essence
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Word Origin and History for bodhisattva n.
1828, from Sanskrit, literally "one whose essence is perfect knowledge," from
bodhi "perfect knowledge" (see Buddha) + sattva "reality, being."
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