[ boh-duh-suht-vuh ]
/ ˌboʊ dəˈsʌt və /
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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.
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Origin of Bodhisattva
1820–30; <Pali, Sanskrit
Words nearby Bodhisattva
bodgie, Bodgo Gegen, Bodh Gaya, bodhi, Bodhidharma, Bodhisattva, Bodhi Tree, bodhran, bodice, bodice ripper, Bo Diddley beat
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How to use Bodhisattva in a sentence
Here, when Buddha was a Bodhisattva, he gave away his head to a man; and from this circumstance the kingdom got its name.
On the four sides are niches, with a Buddha seated in each, and a Bodhisattva standing in attendance on him.
The Bodhisattva went forward to the patra tree, placed the kusa grass at the foot of it, and sat down with his face to the east.
The sound of the Bodhisattva's body falling down stirred the curiosity and the anger of the tigress.
As soon as she perceived the lifeless body of the Bodhisattva, she rushed hastily upon it and commenced to devour it.
British Dictionary definitions for Bodhisattva
/ (ˌbəʊdɪˈsætvə, -wə, ˌbɒd-, ˌbəʊdiːˈsʌtvə) /
(in Mahayana Buddhism) a divine being worthy of nirvana who remains on the human plane to help men to salvationCompare arhat
Word Origin for Bodhisattva
Sanskrit, literally: one whose essence is enlightenment, from bodhi enlightenment + sattva essence
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