noun. Buddhist worthy of nirvana who postpones it to help others.
Example sentences of the word bodhisattva
1. Noun, singular or mass
The bodhisattva sacrifices enlightenment to show other people how to attain it -- even if it takes an infinite number of cycles of birth and death to accomplish the task.
Other traditions -- such as Chinese Buddhism -- teach that one can choose to become a bodhisattva instead of attaining nirvana.