Bodhisattva

Bodhisattva

A Bodhisattva is a lover of enlightenment, literally an enlightenment hero or heroine. Bodhisattvas come in many forms: female, male, animal, human, and divine. Although they have reached a level of spiritual enlightenment permitting them to break cycles of incarnation, the Bodhisattva resolves to transform the entire universe into a realm of abundance, peace, and happiness for all. Because of purity of soul, goodness, and love, the Bodhisattva postpones his or her own personal salvation for the benefit of all.

Bodhisattvas vow to save all living beings from suffering and to persist in this quest for as long as it takes: through many lifetimes, if necessary. Bodhisattvas differ from Arhats in that they seek not only their own personal enlightenment, salvation, and freedom, but that of the entire world.

See Also:

Avalokitesvara; Ksitigarbha; Kwan Yin; Manjusri

Source:

Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods & Goddesses – Written by : Judika Illes Copyright © 2009 by Judika Illes.

List of Bodhisattvas :

Avalokitesvara

Avalokitesvara

Avalokitesvara The One Who Responds to the Cries of the World; Lord of the Six Syllables Also known as: Avalokiteshvara ...
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Eight Dharma Protectors

Eight Dharma Protectors

Eight Dharma Protectors - Defenders of the Law The Dharmapalas or Dharma Protectors are guardians of truth and defenders of ...
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Fugen

Fugen

Fugen The One Who Is All Pervadingly Good Also known as: Henkitsu Classification: Bodhisattva; Bosatsu Fugen is the Japanese manifestation ...
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Kokuzo

Kokuzo The Boundless Vessel Also known as: Akasagarbha (Sanskrit); Kokuyo Classification: Bodhisattva; Bosatsu Kokuzo is among the great Bodhisattvas, venerated ...
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Ksitigarbha

Ksitigarbha

Ksitigarbha Earth Matrix Pronounced: Kshee-tee-garb-ah Also known as: Dizang (China); Jizo (Japan); Sai Nyingpo (Tibet) Origin: India Classification: Bodhisattva Bodhisattvas ...
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Kurukulla

Kurukulla

Kurukulla Also known as: Red Tara; Kurukulle Origin: Himalayas Classification: Dakini; Bodhisattva Kurukulla is a spirit of love, beauty, wealth ...
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Kwan Yin

Kwan Yin

Kwan Yin The Goddess of Mercy; She Who Hears the Cries of the World Also known as: Guan Yin; Kuan ...
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Seishi

Seishi

Seishi He Who Has Obtained Great Strength Also known as: Tokudaisei; Tokudaiseishi; Daiseishi Classification: Bodhisattva; Bosatsu Seishi is the primary ...
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Vajrapani

Vajrapani

Vajrapani - Thunderbolt Bearer; Diamond Bearer Vajrapani began as a Yaksha and was so fierce that he eventually attained the ...
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Yamantaka

Yamantaka

Yamantaka Death Terminator; Destroyer of Death; The Diamond Terrifier; The Diamond Terror; The Solitary Hero Also known as: Vajrabhairava; Vajra ...
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