Definition of Bodhisattva noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌbɒdɪˈsɑːtvə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌboʊdɪˈsɑːtvə//
Religious people
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(in Mahayana Buddhism) a person who is able to reach nirvana (= a state of peace and happiness) but who delays doing this because of the suffering of other humans See related entries: Religious people Word OriginSanskrit, ‘a person whose essence is perfect knowledge’, from bodhi ‘perfect knowledge’ (from budh- ‘know perfectly’) + sattva ‘being, essence’.
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