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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Words to Your Mother: Bodhisattva

Technical problems delayed my posting last night, so I'll shoot for a double-whammy tonight.

A bodhisattva is defined by The Free Dictionary as "an enlightened being who, out of compassion, forgoes nirvana in order to save others". The concept of the bodhisattva comes from the Buddhist religion. In fact, Siddhārtha Gautama himself was considered a bodhisattva before he became a buddha (or Buddha, as the case may be).  Essentially, the bodhisattva delays his own enlightenment for the benefit of others, practicing self-sacrifice by training others.

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