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BODHISATTVA
Also known as BODHISATTVAS

Amazingly compassionate Buddhist saints

A BODHISATTVA is a Buddhist semi-god of kindness and compassion. These rarefied beings are just the merest gnat's whisker away from BUDDHAhood. They are so Enlightened that they can dive into the final NIRVANA any time they wish.

But before wallowing in all that delicious nothingness for ever, they are kind enough to spare a thought for all the unfortunate humans left behind in miserable existence. Instead, they choose to wait a bit first so they can help others reach the same stage of spiritual advancement.

Therefore the BODHISATTVAs are the most compassionate figures in all creation, putting their spiritual ecstasy on hold for the sake of others.

They feature in many tales and legends and — thanks to their wonderful kindness and magical powers — are venerated like you wouldn't believe. They are better value than most Christian saints and much better-looking. The most famous BODHISATTVA is probably AVALOKITESVARA aka GUAN-YIN.

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Article last updated on 18 January 2010
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT BODHISATTVA : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : BODHISATTVA
Location : India
Gender : Both male and female
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : GOOD, quite approachable
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : BODHISATTVAS
Popularity index : 931

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