bodhisattva बोधिसत्त्व

Definition: m. "one whose essence is perfect knowledge", one who is on the way to the attainment of perfect knowledge (id est a Buddhist saint when he has only one birth to undergo before obtaining the state of a supreme buddha- and then nirvāṇa-) (the early doctrine had only one bodhi-sattva-, viz. maitreya-;the later reckoned many more )

Dictionary: Monier-Williams
Literary Sources: S3is3., Katha1s., Ra1jat., Buddh., MWB. 134 , 188 , 189
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