Buddhist Mythology

The Gods and Bodhisvattas of Enlightenment...

BODHISATTVAS

Indian Compassion Deities

Also known as BODHISATTVA

Amazingly caring Buddhist saints

The Bodhisattvas are Buddhist semi-gods 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 of the Bodhisattvas is probably Avalokitesvara aka Guanyin.

Bodhisattvas Facts and Figures

Name: Bodhisattvas
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: BODHISATTVA

Gender: Male and female
Type: Deities
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Compassion
Area of expertise: Compassion

Good/Evil Rating: GOOD, quite approachable
Popularity index: 202

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Article last revised on September 20, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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