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Prajna
Prajna
10 years ago

Both traditions acknowledge that a Bodhisattva is a person who has vowed to attain Buddhahood and cultivate great compassion to liberate all living beings. When a Bodhisattva is fully enlightened, he becomes a Buddha. The two traditions differ instead in the descriptions and definitions of a Bodhisattva and a Buddha. In Mahayana, a Buddha has three bodies: a dharma body of suchness, a reward body that is only seen by great saint bodhisattvas, and a transformation body that is seen by unenlightened sentient beings and sages of two vehicles (arhats and pratekyebuddha). Sakyamuni Buddha as described in the Theravada canon… Read more »

ssrvj
ssrvj
10 years ago

In Sanskrit Buddhi=Wisdom—Buddha=one who has attained enlightenment—Bodhi=Perfect knowledge–Bodhi satva=one who aims and prepares to attain perfect knowledge.Pali Canons of Mahayaana Buddhism,by connotation also means the same thing–so Bodhi satva is one who aims and prepares to attain perfect knowledge and Buddha is one who is enlightened.

P'ang
P'ang
10 years ago

In classical Buddhism, a buddha is an ordinary human being who attains enlightenment and ends the cycle of rebirth – that is, they are not reborn again into a human body. A bodhisattva is an ordinary human being who also attains enlightenment but then chooses to be reborn over and over, in order to help other humans attain enlightenment. A bodhisattva is said to end the cycle of rebirth *only if* all other beings also end the cycle of rebirth at the same time. The concept of the bodhisattva plays a less significant role in Theravadin Buddhism than it does… Read more »

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