The Four Stages Of Bodhisattva

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The Term Mahayana refers to great vehicle. Mahayana was developed by the Mahayanists in order to compare their principles with those of other Buddhist sects, particularly the Theravada. Mahayana the “great vehicle” was used to fake Theravadins by naming their principles ‘Hinayana’ or ‘small vehicle’. Mahayana Buddhism focuses on the doctrine of the Bodhisattva. The term Bodhisattva can also be named as Buddhahood, which means desire for complete enlightenment, has been aroused. Mahayana Buddhism shapes on those beliefs in order to build a distinctive opinion. It is therefore believed by the Mahayana that there vehicle is better than others since its more complete and also allows more and more people to benefit from them. The difference between …show more content…
The first stage is, a Bodhisattva must be honest in his or her quest for enlightenment. The second stage of Bodhisattva is Vow – Bodhisattva must be completely determined to become enlightened. The second stage on the path of Bodhisattva is called as pranidhana in Sanskrit, which is usually termed as ‘vow’, which means ‘fixation’. The Third stage is Bodhisattvacharya-which means once the intensions is developed and taken the vow bodhisattva can set with the path itself. After the Bodhisattva is done with their vow and follows the Bodhisattva path, Santideva calls the phase as “progression toward enlightenment”. The path comprises of six achievements (1) charity (Dana)- Giving without expecting anything in return (2) Morality (Sila)(3) Patience (Kshanti) -Accepting people the way they are (4) Striving (virya) – the excellence of energy. (5) Meditation (dhyana) – The excellence meditation. (6) Wisdom (prajna) – The excellence of wise understanding. Buddhahood is the forth last path in which a person becomes enlightened, and understands that the activities he or she has shaped towards services of other people are the actions of a Buddha. Bodhisattva is the goddess Tara in both Indian and Tibetan

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