1. Bodhisattva

noun. Buddhist worthy of nirvana who postpones it to help others.

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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.

2. Adjective
Other traditions -- such as Chinese Buddhism -- teach that one can choose to become a bodhisattva instead of attaining nirvana.

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