variants: or boddhisattva
: a being that compassionately refrains from entering nirvana in order to save others and is worshipped as a deity in Mahayana Buddhism
First Known Use: 1809
Sanskrit bodhisattva one whose essence is enlightenment, from bodhi enlightenment + sattva being
Recent Examples of bodhisattva from the Web
- Recall that Patrick Swayze’s character in Point Break, for example, is named Bodhi, short for bodhisattva, a being who embodies the Buddhist ideal of compassion for all sentient beings.
- In this roughly five-foot-tall statue from Northern India, the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara sits in graceful repose on a seat bedecked with flower buds, one leg dangling beneath him.
- The bearded bikers in black leather knelt gently in the shrines and gazed up at images of Avalokiteshvara, a bodhisattva personifying infinite compassion and mercy.
- Author Bruce Boston writes with the voice of a poet, the heart of a bodhisattva, and the unblinking eye of an investigative reporter.