Meaning of Bodhisattva

Bo•dhi•satt•va

Pronunciation: (bō"du-sut'vu), [key]
— n. Buddhism.
  1. 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. Cf. Arhat.
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