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  Bodhisattva - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Before a bodhisattva arrives at the first ground, he or she first must travel the first two of the five paths, which are said to correspond to words from the mantra that appears at the end of the Heart Sutra:
A modern bodhisattva for many is the 14th Dalai Lama, considered by many followers of Tibetan Buddhism to be an incarnation of that same bodhisattva, the Bodhisattva of Compassion.
The place of a bodhisattva's earthly deeds, such as the achievement of enlightenment or the acts of dharma, is known as a bodhimandala, and may be a site of pilgrimage.
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 Kuan Yin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Kuan Yin (觀音; Pinyin: Guān Yīn) is the bodhisattva of compassion as venerated by East Asian Buddhists, usually as a female.
Representations of the bodhisattva in China prior to the Song Dynasty (960-1279) were masculine in appearance.
Because this bodhisattva is considered the personification of compassion and kindness, a mother-goddess and patron of mothers and seamen, the representation in China was further interpreted in an all female form around the 12th century.
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 bodhisattva - The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition - HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
BODHISATTVA [bodhisattva] [Sanskrit,=enlightenment-being], in early Buddhism the term used to refer to the Buddha before he attained supreme enlightenment; more generally, any being destined for enlightenment or intent on enlightenment.
The bodhisattva does not aspire to leave the round of birth-and-death (samsara) before all beings are saved; he is thus distinguished from the arahant of earlier Buddhism, who allegedly seeks nirvana only for himself and who, according to Mahayana teaching, has an inferior spiritual attainment.
The most important celestial bodhisattvas are Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva of compassion; Manjusri, the bodhisattva of wisdom, and Maitreya, who in heaven awaits birth as the next buddha.
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 bodhisattva - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about bodhisattva   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
A bodhisattva is free to enter nirvana but voluntarily chooses to be reborn until all other beings have attained that state.
Bodhisattvas are seen as intercessors to whom believers may pray for help.
Some of the most revered bodhisattvas include Avalokiteśvara, a bodhisattva of all-encompassing compassion whose incarnations include the Dalai Lama;; and Guru Rinpoche, who helped to establish Buddhism in Tibet, and whose birthday is celebrated in an annual festival.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /bodhisattva   (233 words)

 What is Bodhisattva?
Bodhisattva is a Sanskrit term which translates as: Bodhi [enlightenment] and sattva [being].
To become a Bodhisattva is to be fearless.
Santideva, the 8th century Bodhisattva wrote a book entitled 'Bodhisattvacharyavatara,' which is one of the most important texts that students of Tibetan Buddhism study.
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 The Bodhisattva Ideal - Buddhism and the Aesthetics of Selflessness
In strictly canonical terms a bodhisattva is defined as an individual who discovers the source of the Ultimate Truth better known as nirvana, but postpones his own enlightenment until he has guided all his fellow beings to this same source of fulfillment.
As a bodhisattva associated with the future, as against the fundamental stress Buddhism places on the present moment of time, Maitreya presents a wondrous amalgamation and a complex composite on the plane of time.
A bodhisattva should regard every action and movement of his body as an occasion for the cultivation of friendly thoughts for the good of all creatures.
www.kheper.net /topics/Buddhism/bodhisattva.htm   (2200 words)

 Bodhisattva Ideal in Mahayana
The greatest of Bodhisattvas are fully attained beings -- that is, they have reached a state where they could extinguish their own individual existence in Nirvana -- but they have vowed to remain in the midst of Samsara to help other beings reach enlightenment.
It is typical of the Bodhisattva path that one makes a vow not to achieve one's own final liberation from samsara until a specified number of sentient beings have been brought to liberation.
A prominent virtue of Bodhisattvas is their ability to use appropriate methods to reach as many suffering beings as possible.
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 The Heart of the Bodhisattva - A Talk by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
A bodhisattva could say, "I wish to be a cool breeze that gives sentient beings comfort from the heat of suffering," and manifest as the wind.
Becoming a bodhisattva is a matter of opening our hearts, and that can be as simple as opening our eyes.
This is the notion of prajna and the path of the bodhisattva.
www.mipham.com /talk.php?id=17   (1083 words)

The path of the bodhisattva is thus one of extreme self-denial and selflessness.
The various bodhisattvas too dominate the spectrum of Buddhist art, illustrating this abstract conceptualization in as hard hitting a manner as do the various myths surrounding them.
Once at a meeting of numerous bodhisattvas at the house of Vimalakirti, the lay disciple of Buddha, a debate developed on the meaning of nonduality, an essential precept of Buddhist thought.
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 Bosatsu (Bodhisattva) - Japan's Most Widely Known Bosatsu
The term "bodhisattva" was originally used to refer to the Historical Buddha before he attained enlightenment.
Bodhisattva has a third meaning as well -- it refers to anyone who sincerely seeks to save others while pursuing the path of enlightenment.
The states from Hell to Bodhisattva are termed "the nine worlds." The highest level, the tenth level, is Buddhahood.
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 The Berzin Archives - The Thirty-seven Bodhisattva Practices: A Literal Translation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
(9) A bodhisattva's practice is to work with keen interest for the supreme never-changing state of liberation, as the pleasures of the three realms are phenomena that perish in a moment, all at once, like dew on the tips of grass.
(28) A bodhisattva's practice is to exert joyous perseverance, the source of good qualities for the sake of all wandering beings, as we can see the tenacity of shravakas and pratyekabuddhas who, in working only for their own sake, will disregard even a fire that has broken out on their heads.
(35) A bodhisattva's practice is to have the servicemen of mindfulness and alertness hold the opponent weapons and forcefully to destroy disturbing emotions and attitudes, like attachment and so forth, as soon as they first arise because, when we are habituated to disturbing emotions and attitudes, it is difficult for opponents to reverse them.
www.berzinarchives.com /sutra/sutra_level_3/37_bodhisattva_practices_litt.html   (1789 words)

 Bodhisattva at opensource encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
In Mahayana Buddhism, a Bodhisattva (Sanskrit: a person bent on and striving for Enlightenment) is a being with the determination to aid others, out of compassion, on their quest for the highest state of development, full enlightenment of a Buddha.
In Theravada Buddhism, the Bodhisattva (Pali) is an aspirant striving for Enlightenment, so that once Awakened, he or she may efficiently aid other beings with the expertise of supreme Enlightenment.
A modern bodhisattva for many is the 14th Dalai Lama, considered by many followers of Tibetan Buddhism to be an incarnation of the Bodhisattva of Compassion.
www.wiki.tatet.com /Bodhisattva.html   (655 words)

 Bodhisattva Vows
The bodhisattva or bodhicitta vows comprise eighteen root and forty-six secondary vows.
Holding the view that Bodhisattvas should not be attracted to liberation, not be afraid of delusion and not to become separate from delusion, but rather that a Bodhisattva's job is to roam in cyclic existence for three countless aeons while cultivating enlightenment, incurs this downfall.
A Bodhisattva must also be able to communicate the Dharma to all living beings, many of whom will have the Hinayana potential, so it is important to know the Hinayana path.
buddhism.kalachakranet.org /resources/bodhisattva_vows.html   (5379 words)

 Bodhisattva vows: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Buddhism is a religion and philosophy based on the teachings of the buddha, siddhrtha gautama, who lived between approximately 563 and 483 bce....
Thumb190pxprince siddhartha gautama as a bodhisattva, before becoming a buddha....
Compassion is a sense of shared suffering, most often combined with a desire to alleviate or reduce such suffering....
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/b/bo/bodhisattva_vows.htm   (251 words)

 24 - Wonderful-Voice Bodhisattva
It is very interesting that Wonderful-Voice Bodhisattva lives in a pure land in the east while World-Voice-Perceiver Bodhisattva lives in the pure land in the west.
Before Wonderful-Voice Bodhisattva moved to the place where Sakyamuni Buddha was expounding the Lotus Sutra at Mt. Sacred Eagle, he must prepare the seats for himself and his 84,000 attendants.
He continued practicing and accumulating virtues until he was able to transform himself into thirty-four kinds of living beings, such as a king, a god, a man or woman, a priest or a nun, a boy or a girl, a human being or nonhuman being, and so on.
lotus.nichirenshu.org /lotus/lectures/lotus_24.htm   (1455 words)

 The Bodhisattva Ideal In Theravaada
The presence of the bodhisattva ideal in the Theravaada Buddhist Paali canon is primarily restricted to Gotama Buddha.
These developments (which include the concept of a bodhisattva vow) may be said to introduce "into Theravaada Buddhism what in Mahaayaana studies has been called 'the Bodhisattva ideal.'" (13) In the Sutta Nipaata, for example, the term "bodhisattva" refers to the historical Buddha prior to his enlightenment and signifies a being set on Buddhahood.
The presence of a bodhisattva ideal in Theravaada Buddhism is also represented by the numerous examples of other Theravaadins who have either referred to themselves or have been referred to by others as bodhisattvas.
www.buddhistinformation.com /bodhisattva_ideal_in_theravada.htm   (5310 words)

 CD Baby: BODHISATTVA: Swim - from evor
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Bodhisattva is now in the studio recording its 3rd album and expecting the release later this summer.
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 SGI - Buddhism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
A bodhisattva is literally a living being (sattva) who aspires to enlightenment (bodhi) and carries out altruistic practices.
The bodhisattva ideal is central to the Mahayana Buddhist tradition as the individual who seeks enlightenment both for him--or herself and for others.
Rather, the qualities of the bodhisattva are inherent in the lives of ordinary men and women, and the purpose of Buddhist practice is to strengthen these qualities until compassion becomes the basis of all our actions.
www.sgi.org /english/Buddhism/bodhisattva.htm   (119 words)

And yet, O Lord, as this is pointed out, a Bodhisattva heart is known as neither cowed, nor stolid...neither despairing nor despondent, as one neither turns away nor is dejected or trembling, neither is frightened or terrified, it is just this Bodhisattva, this great being which comes to be instructed in perfect wisdom.
Further, any Bodhisattva coursing in perfection of wisdom and developing this, considers and meditates on what perfection of wisdom is, on one demonstrating perfect wisdom, and on perfect wisdom as dharma which does not exist, which cannot be apprehended.
But if in a Bodhisattva the two facts that one is not lacking in attention, and one is not lacking in dwelling in perfection of wisdom belong together, then all beings also will not be lacking in dwelling in perfection of wisdom because these also dwell not lacking in attention.
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 KTD--The Bodhisattva Vow--   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Therefore, the bodhisattva vow is considered to be a vessel that is made of gold; if it falls, it may get out of shape, but it can be repaired and returned to its original form.
The first benefit of having obtained the bodhisattva vow is that through the practice of bodhicitta, we will learn how to remove suffering and obtain happiness.
The third benefit of obtaining the bodhisattva vow and developing bodhicitta is that since we all have our greatest enemy within ourselves, the conflicting emotions, through which we experience endless suffering, it is bodhicitta that gives us the strength to overcome these conflicting emotions.
www.kagyu.org /buddhism/tra/tra06.html   (1653 words)

The true Bodhisattva is not one who in any sense prevents his or her own Enlightenment in order to first Enlighten others.
Rather, the true Bodhisattva is either pursuing ultimate Enlightenment (and perhaps doing so in the context of service, or positive social and cultural relations with others) or else he or she is already fully established in the Awakened Wisdom of true Enlightenment while still alive.
The Bodhisattva shows others that there is a path out of their small mindedness.
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 The Lotus Sutra[24] - Bodhisattva Myozon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Thereupon the Bodhisattva Wonderful Sound, without raising from his seat or swaying his body, entered into the samadhi, and through the power of the samadhi, in a place not far removed from the Dharma seat on Mount Gridhrakuta, created a jeweled mass of eighty-four thousand lotus blossoms.
This bodhisattva's eyes were as big and broad an the leaves of the blue Lotus, and a hundred, thousand, ten thousand moons put together could not surpass the perfection of this face.
This bodhisattva employs various types of wisdom to illuminate the saha world, causing each one among all the living beings to acquire the appropriate understanding, and does the same in all the other worlds of the ten directions which are numerous as Ganges sands.
www.sgi-usa.org /buddhism/library/Buddhism/LotusSutra/text/Chap24.htm   (1962 words)

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