Bodhisattva

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Bodhisattva Buddhist worthy of nirvana who postpones it to help others
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bodhisattva (Buddhism) One who has reached the highest degree of saintship, so that in his next incarnation he will be a Buddha, or savior of the world.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bodhisattva In Buddhism of the northern school, or the later development called the Mahayana, one of a numerous class of beings who, having arrived at supreme wisdom (bodhi), have to pass through human existence only once more before attaining to Buddhahood, or complete enlightenment, and entrance into Nirvana. Among Singhalese Buddhists called bodhisat and bodisat, among the Chinese poosah, and among the Japanese bosatsŭ.
    • n bodhisattva Also, any religious teacher.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Skr. bōdhisattva,perh. through Pali bōdhisattō,); fr. bōdhi, knowledge, enlightenment + sattva, being, essence

Usage

In literature:

IMAGE OF MAITREYA BODHISATTVA.
"Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms" by Fa-Hsien
Bodhisattva, answering as he was moved, in his turn made similar inquiries.
"Sacred Books of the East" by Various
The object of these biographies is less to give information about previous Buddhas than to trace the career of Gotama as a Bodhisattva.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
For each of the thirty days of the month, a Bodhisattva, or in Japanese pronunciation Bosatsu, was appointed.
"The Religions of Japan" by William Elliot Griffis
Avalokita has, like most Bodhisattvas, many names.
"Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
The name of Bodhisattva is nothing but a word.
"Chips From A German Workshop - Volume I" by Friedrich Max Müller
P'u-hsien Bodhisattva, 189, 190, 191.
"A Wayfarer in China" by Elizabeth Kendall
Here was a statue of the Chongschim Bodhisattva (1) wrought in clay.
"Sagas from the Far East" by Various
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In poetry:

In the morning, bowing to all;
In the evening, bowing to all.
Respecting others is my only duty--
Hail to the Never-despising Bodhisattva.
"In The Morning" by Taigu Ryokan

In news:

Khentrul Rinpoche will be in Juneau for the continuation of his instruction, "Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva ," this weekend, Nov 13 and 14, at the Vocational Training and Resource Center, 3239 Hospital Drive.
Rude Buddhas and Undertaker Bodhisattvas.
A 17th-century Korean bodhisattva statue undergoes an X-ray, CAT scan and endoscopy, leading to a surprising discovery.
A side view of the bodhisattva shows the gilt-wood exterior.
At the request of skate legend Bucky Lasek, Yauch – an avid skater since he was in high school – wrote out the lyrics to the Beasties' "Bodhisattva Vow" across three separate decks.
Produced by drummer Babatunde Lea, Tenth World incorporates the heightened aesthetic of John Coltrane's classic quartet on the opening "Bodhisattva Wonderful Sound".
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In science:

This is Manjusri, in Buddhist teaching, the bodhisattva associated with wisdom triumphant over all obstacles.
Summary of Lepton Photon 2011
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