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a person who has attained prajna, or Enlightenment, but who postpones Nirvana in order to help others to attain Enlightenment: individual Bodhisattvas are the subjects of devotion in certain sects and are often represented in painting and sculpture.
Historical Examples

Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3 (of 3) Charles Eliot
Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms Fa-Hsien
Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3 (of 3) Charles Eliot
The Kath Sarit Sgara Somadeva Bhatta
The Gtakaml rya Sra
The Kath Sarit Sgara Somadeva Bhatta
The Kath Sarit Sgara Somadeva Bhatta
Korean Buddhism Frederick Starr
The Gtakaml rya Sra
The Gtakaml rya Sra

(in Mahayana Buddhism) a divine being worthy of nirvana who remains on the human plane to help men to salvation Compare arhat


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