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According to Patrul Rinpoche 's 19th century Words of My Perfect Teacher Kun bzang bla ma'i gzhal lung , a bodhisattva might be motivated in one of three ways. They are:. These three are not types of people, but rather types of motivation. According to Patrul Rinpoche, the third quality of intention is most noble though the mode by which Buddhahood actually occurs is the first; that is, it is only possible to teach others the path to enlightenment once one has attained enlightenment oneself.

The six perfections that constitute bodhisattva practice should not be confused with the actual acts of benefiting beings that the bodhisattva vows to accomplish once he or she is a buddha. The six perfections are a mental transformation and need not actually benefit anyone. Other schools give slightly variant descriptions. Before a bodhisattva arrives at the first ground, he or she first must travel the first two of five paths:. The 10 grounds are:. Some bodhisattvas such as Samantabhadra are also said to have already attained buddhahood. Various traditions within Buddhism believe in specific bodhisattvas.

Some bodhisattvas appear across traditions, but due to language barriers may be seen as separate entities. These four bodhimandas are:. Mural of bodhisattvas. China, Tang Dynasty , 7th—9th century. Boddhisattva Vajrapani. Mendut near Borobudur , Central Java, Indonesia. Sailendran art c. A bronze boddhisattva Maitreya.

Komering, Palembang , Indonesia. Srivijayan art c.

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Japan, 9th century. Louis Art Museum. India, 11th—12th century. Gold coated bronze statue of Avalokitesvara in Malayu - Srivijayan style c. China, 13th century. Java, 9th century Indonesia. Japan, 14th century. Japan, 15th century. Maitreya Bodhisattva. Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh, India.

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Guimet Museum. Shrine with an Image of a Bodhisattva. Brooklyn Museum. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Any person who is on the path towards Buddhahood but has not yet attained it. This article is about Buddhism. For the film, see Bodhisattva film.

For the song by Steely Dan, see Countdown to Ecstasy. Dharma Concepts. Buddhist texts. Buddhism by country. Standing bodhisattva. Samantabhadra Bodhisattva. Collins English Dictionary. The evolution of the concept of the bodhisattva. I: A—ak Bayes 15th ed. Buddhist Missionary Society, Studies in the Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita and Other Essays. Motilal Banarsidass. Grey Fox Press. Buddhist saints in India, p. Thursday nights are friends night, and we have a new program starting in Sept. Join us for meditation, discussion and tea!

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