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In Mahayana Buddhism, one who attains the enlightenment of a Buddha but chooses to postpone entering nirvana and instead stays in the world for the compassionate purpose of helping lesser beings attain enlightenment. In Theravada Buddhism, the term is exclusively used to identify historical Buddhas in their previous lives.

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bodhisatta

Enlightenment-Being

P'u-sa

Bosatsu

Posal

byang.chub sems.dpa

Hero of the Thought of Enlightenment

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