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In Buddhism, a bodhisattva (English: BOH-dee-SUT-və; Sanskrit: बोधिसत्त्व, romanized: Bodhisattva) or bodhisatva is a person who is on the path towards bodhi ('awakening') or Buddhahood.

In the Early Buddhist schools, as well as modern Theravāda Buddhism, bodhisattva (Pāli: bodhisatta) refers to someone who has made a resolution to become a Buddha and has also received a confirmation or prediction from a living Buddha that this will be so.

In Mahāyāna Buddhism, a bodhisattva refers to anyone who has generated bodhicitta, a spontaneous wish and compassionate mind to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings. Mahayana bodhisattvas are spiritually heroic persons that work to attain awakening and are driven by a great compassion (mahākaruṇā). These beings are exemplified by important spiritual qualities such as the "four divine abodes" (brahmavihāras) of loving-kindness (maitrī), compassion (karuṇā), empathetic joy (muditā) and equanimity (upekṣā), as well as the various bodhisattva "perfections" (pāramitās) which include prajñāpāramitā ("transcendent knowledge" or "perfection of wisdom") and skillful means (upāya).

In Theravāda Buddhism, the bodhisattva is mainly seen as an exceptional and rare individual. Only a few select individuals are ultimately able to become bodhisattvas, such as Maitreya. Mahāyāna Buddhism generally understands the bodhisattva path as being open to everyone, and Mahāyāna Buddhists encourage all individuals to become bodhisattvas. Spiritually advanced bodhisattvas such as Avalokiteshvara, Maitreya, and Manjushri are also widely venerated across the Mahāyāna Buddhist world and are believed to possess great magical power which they employ to help all living beings.

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Sit to Become Free of Sitting

Complete Perfect Enlightenment, Precepts, Bodhisattva,
Feb 06 2016
No Abode Hermitage

Liberation from Passion

Lotus Sutra, Bodhisattva, Passions, Desire, Lotus Sutra, Manjushri, Emotions, Dragons...
Dec 14 2013
No Abode Hermitage

Bodhisattva Ceremony

Serial: BZ-02252

3 Pure Precepts, Saturday Lecture

Bodhisattva, Repentance, Vows, Repentance, Evil, Precepts, Karma, Vows, Four Noble...
Jul 07 2012
Berkeley Zen Center

Monastic Practice

Serial: BZ-02206

Founding of Tassajara, Saturday Lecture

Bodhisattva, Suzuki Roshi, Monastic Practice, Practice Period, Composure, American,...
Sep 24 2011
Berkeley Zen Center

Moment By Moment

Serial: BZ-02198

The Most Important Thing, One-Day Sitting

Suzuki Roshi, Bodhisattva, Balance, Posture, Perfect Wisdom, Daily Life, Don't...
Aug 14 2011
Berkeley Zen Center

Zazen to Become a Buddha

Serial: BZ-02022

Sitting for 10 Kalpas and Not Attaining Buddha, Saturday Lecture

Bodhisattva, MM-9, Karma, Bodhisattva Way, Lotus Sutra, Peace, Bodhidharma, Big Mind...
Mar 28 2009
Berkeley Zen Center

Buddhism and War

Serial: BZ-00133B

The Six Realms and What Bodhisattvas Do in Each One, Saturday Lecture

Buddhism, War, Bodhisattva, Six Realms, War, Demons, Greed, Peace, Current Events,...
Mar 22 2003
Berkeley Zen Center

One Buddha, Three Boddhisattvas: Practice is Everything

Serial: BZ-00081B

Saturday Lecture

Buddha, Bodhisattva, Practice, Composure, Buddha Nature, Big Mind, Manjushri, Daily...
Aug 26 2000
Berkeley Zen Center

Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara, Samantabhadra

Serial: BZ-00060A

Saturday Lecture

Bodhisattva, Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara, Samantabhadra, Manjushri, Practice Position...
Jul 29 2000
Berkeley Zen Center

Bodhisattva Practice

Serial: BZ-00367B

Saturday Lecture

Bodhisattva, Bodhisattva Way, Anger, Lotus Sutra, Platform Sutra, Emotions,...
Oct 01 1988
Berkeley Zen Center

Bodhisattva Practice: Four Methods

Serial: BZ-01498B

Saturday Lecture

Bodhisattva, Anger, Equanimity, Daily Life, Precepts, Building, Emotions, Attachment...
Sep 17 1988
Berkeley Zen Center

Bodhisattva Practice: Priests, Monks, Laity

Serial: BZ-00395B

Saturday Lecture

Bodhisattva, Priest-and-Lay, Precepts, Priest, Lay, Bodhisattva Precepts, training,...
Aug 04 1984
Berkeley Zen Center

Universal Practice for Laymen and Monks

Serial: SR-00175

Whatever you do is practice; be careful not to practice for the sake of the self. Zazen as a way to find realization and get used to realization. Whether priest or layperson,...

Practice, Zazen, Bodhisattva, Dogen, Sixth Patriarch, Buddha Mind, Faith, Truth,...
Jul 25 1971

Winter Sesshin Lecture No. 5

Serial: SR-00202

Winter Sesshin Lecture No. 5
Wednesday, December 3, 1969

Sesshin, Bodhisattva, Dogen, Shobogenzo, Oneness, Ceremony, Precepts, Wisdom...
Dec 03 1969

The Ten Powers Of A Bodhisattva

Serial: SF-05106

Sunday Morning, August 25, 1968
[This date is probably incorrect. Earlier (July 21, 1968), Suzuki mentioned that he had already explained the ten powers of a bodhisattva....

Bodhisattva, Dogen, Rinzai, Soto Zen, Emptiness, Five Ranks, Observe, Attachment,...
Aug 25 1968

The Practice of Constancy

Serial: SF-05132-A

SR015 - On this tape is Lecture C and last part of Lecture D. This tape is known as the C lecture tape of as #2 - Track 1 Roshi's Lecture C 9/12/67 - copied

Prajna Paramita, Bodhisattva, Precepts, Constancy, New Year, Mahayana, Enemies, Anger...
Sep 12 1967