84000 Glossary of Terms

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སེམས་དཔའ་ཆེན་པོ། | Glossary of Terms

    སེམས་དཔའ་ཆེན་པོ།

    sems dpa’ chen po

    mahā­sattva

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An epithet of advanced bodhisattvas, often defined as having attained at least the seventh bhūmi and the path of vision (Skt. darśanamārga; Tib. mthong ba’i lam). The White Lotus of Compassion Sūtra (Karuṇāpuṇḍarīkasūtra, Toh 112) goes further and says only those praying to attain buddhahood in an impure realm during a kaliyuga deserve the title, even though the early part of the sūtra uses it for all accomplished bodhisattvas.