84000 Glossary of Terms

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བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་དཔའ། | Glossary of Terms

  • བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་དཔའ།

  • byang chub sems dpa’
  • bodhisattva
  • bodhisatva
  • buddhaputra
  • Term
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A being who is dedicated to the cultivation and fulfilment of the altruistic intention to attain perfect buddhahood, traversing the ten bodhisattva levels (daśabhūmi, sa bcu). Bodhisattvas purposely opt to remain within cyclic existence in order to liberate all sentient beings, instead of simply seeking personal freedom from suffering. In terms of the view, they realize both the selflessness of persons and the selflessness of phenomena.