Bodhisattva

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Key Term bodhisattva
In Tibetan Script བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་དཔའ་
Wylie Tibetan Transliteration byang chub sems dpa'
Devanagari Sanskrit Script बोधिसत्त्व
Chinese Script 菩薩
Chinese Pinyin pú sà
Japanese Transliteration bosatsu
Alternate Spellings bodhisatva
Term Type Noun
Source Language Sanskrit
Definitions
Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism In Sanskrit, lit. “enlightenment being.” The etymology is uncertain, but the term is typically glossed to mean a “being (sattva) intent on achieving enlightenment (bodhi),” viz., a being who has resolved to become a buddha. See page 134.
Other Definitions

A practitioner on the path to Buddhahood, training in the practice of compassion and the six pāramitās, who has vowed to attain enlightenment for the sake of all beings. The Tibetan translation of this term means "hero of the enlightened mind." - Padmakara Translation Group in A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night (1994).

An individual who has made the resolve to attain the perfect awakening of a buddha for the benefit of all beings and follows the Mahayana path for that purpose. - Bernert, Christian, trans. Perfect or Perfected? Rongtön on Buddha-Nature (2018), page 114.


Enlightenment or awakening. In Tibetan it is translated as "purified" (byang) and "perfected" (chub), which corresponds to Siddhartha Gautama's achievement of purifying all obscurations and perfecting or attaining all qualities associated with a Buddha.

Enlightenment or awakening. In Tibetan it is translated as "purified" (byang) and "perfected" (chub), which corresponds to Siddhartha Gautama's achievement of purifying all obscurations and perfecting or attaining all qualities associated with a Buddha.