Bodhisattva

In Buddhist religion Bodhisattvas are enlightened spirit. They are people who are able to escape the cycle of rebirth and the suffering of human existence; the ultimate goal man can reach according to Buddhist teaching. Through good deeds and proper conduct Bodhisattvas are within reach of nirvana. Yet they choose not to take that step in order to help all other living creatures escape the circle of reincarnation. The best known are Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Infinite Pity, and Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom. Bodhisattvas are depicted with various customary attributes. They wear jewels and, like Buddha, they have long earlobes and a mark on the forehead.

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