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Bodhisattva

[boh-duh-suht-vuh] /ˌboʊ dəˈsʌt və/
noun, 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.
Compare Arhat.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < Pali, Sanskrit
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Bodhisattva

/ˌbəʊdɪˈsætvə; -wə; ˌbɒd-; ˌbəʊdiːˈsʌtvə/
noun
1.
(in Mahayana Buddhism) a divine being worthy of nirvana who remains on the human plane to help men to salvation Compare arhat
Word Origin
Sanskrit, literally: one whose essence is enlightenment, from bodhi enlightenment + sattva essence
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n.

1828, from Sanskrit, literally "one whose essence is perfect knowledge," from bodhi "perfect knowledge" (see Buddha) + sattva "reality, being."

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