Mahāsattva

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A mahāsattva (literally "great being")[1] is a great bodhisattva who has practiced Buddhism for a long time and reached a very high level on the path to awakening (bodhi). Generally refers to bodhisattvas who have reached at least the seventh of the ten bhumis. The transcription of mahāsattva in Chinese is móhé-sāduò (摩诃萨埵), often simplified in móhésà (摩诃萨, Japanese: makasatsu). It is also calqued as dàshì (大士, "great being", Japanese: daishi).

The eight most famous mahāsattvas are Mañjuśrī, Samantabhadra, Avalokiteśvara, Mahāsthāmaprāpta, Akasagarbha, Kṣitigarbha, Maitreya and Sarvanivarana-Vishkambhin.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Buswell, Robert Jr; Lopez, Donald S. Jr., eds. (2013). Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. p. 508. ISBN 9780691157863.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)