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Are there Bodhisatta practices within Theravada?

Bodhisatta practices in Theravada are mentioned in Buddhavamsa, Jataka and Apadana atthakatha, especially in Visuddhajanavilāsiniyā, Apadana Atthakatha, the commentary of Apadana, which is believed to ...
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Difference between abiding nirvana and non-abiding nirvana?

Non-abiding Nirvana is a standard Mahayana doctrine, described as non-abiding in contrast with (Hinayana's) Nirvana which is considered abiding. (As always, I have to remind everyone that Theravada is ...
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Buddhas (and Bodhisattva) are real individuals or manifestations?

I believe that the concepts of Dharmakaya (eternal truth form) and Nirmanakaya (physical form) originated from the following sutta quote. The Buddha downplayed the importance of his physical form and ...
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What does celestial mean in 'celestial bodhisattva'

In Tibetan Buddhism they recognize a class of beings that we can call "latent informational energy entities". In modern language they can be explained as long-term memes or archetypes inhabiting the ...
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Beliefs about the 14th Dalai Lama

The institution of the Dalai Lama, as an emanation of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, is officially recognized only by Tibetan Buddhism. The concept of tulku where teachers like the Dalai Lama, ...
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Buddhas vs bodhisattvas vs arhats vs devas vs brahmas

Actually Paceccabuddhas do teach but in brief and in general terms like from one Theravada example after 4 Paccekabuddas received meals for 4 days from a King at his palace when the King asked them ...
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Are there Theravada practitioners that aspire to be Buddhas?

There are many who aspire to be Buddhas even in the Theravada community. But it is not something that is usually encouraged. It is left up to the individual choice. Those who make such aspirations ...
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Bodhisattva Śvetaketu and Gautama

Śvetaketu and Bodhisattva in Sanskrit are Setaketu and Bodhisatta in Pali. There was one person called Setaketu in the Setaketu Jataka, but this is the story of a human on Earth, but I'm not sure if ...
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Is optimism and positive attitude counterproductive?

Good householder, optimism and positive attitude is counterproductive (in regard of long lasting happiness) if the objects are in the world, object of sense. Joy, optimism, positive attitude toward ...
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Are there Bodhisatta practices within Theravada?

Every reference that is ever made to a “Bodhisatta” in the Theravada Suttas is in relation to the Present Supreme Buddha, or the six other Buddhas that appeared in the last 91 aeons. Thus the ...
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What is the Pure Land?

There are so many confusion regarding Pure Land Buddhism that I feel I must chip in. Many people even see it as non Buddhist because it seems to be about the Amitabha Buddha saving humans through the ...
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Why would a non-dualist mind choose the Bodhisattva path once it has stopped differentiating between suffering and non-suffering?

Quoted below is from Bodhicaryāvatāra, as it read, I think, the answer to your quotation is that the purpose is to tranquilize sorrow, although in the ultimate reality its effect is illusionary it not ...
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Why would a non-dualist mind choose the Bodhisattva path once it has stopped differentiating between suffering and non-suffering?

What motivation, then, to follow the Bodhisattva path of helping all beings escape "suffering", if "suffering" is no longer distinguished? The motivation is that, although Bodhisattva no longer ...
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How do Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhists make sense of Maitreya's prophecy?

I think your question embedded two questions and should be dealt separately to give clear answer: a) How do Mahayana Buddhists make sense of prophecy of Maitreya? b) How do Vajrayana Buddhists make ...
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Assuming empathy is a worldly thing (which i believe it is), why does/would a buddha try to help others find the way?

Enlightened beings help others due to compassion. Compassion(Karuna) is a virtuous mind state. When someone becomes enlightened, he only cuts off unwholesome mind states. Virtuous mind states continue ...
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Bodhicitta and the path of knives?

The aim should not to be to avoid reincarnation in 'lower' realms, but to alleviate suffering for all sentient beings. Please do keep that in mind. Focusing on reincarnation encourages selfish ...
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Are there Theravada practitioners that aspire to be Buddhas?

In Theravada, the word 'Bodhisatta' refers to an unenlightened person seeking Buddhahood. In other words, a Bodhisattva is not a Buddha in Theravada. Bhikkhus, before my enlightenment, while I ...
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Do some, all, or no Mahayanists claim that we are all "bodhisattvas"?

According to my knowledge, to become a bodhisattvas, the person should obtain due certainty of being a bodhisattvas from a Buddha with the effect of Karma. We could identify this fact by considering ...
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Is Enlightenment a momentum with a continuum or can have regressions?

Do you see an old woman or a young one? Or can you see both? Once you've seen, can you forget how to see it? Until we see the world as it is we don't see it, but once we've seen it we cannot 'unsee'. ...
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The paradox of the Bodhisattva Path (Bodhisattvayāna)

There is no paradox. Rather, it seems there may be some mistaken assumptions behind your question. First, if someone is enlightened that does not mean that they will enlighten all people. For example,...
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The paradox of the Bodhisattva Path (Bodhisattvayāna)

Questions from the OP: "How can Bodhisattvas enlighten others if they themselves are not fully enlightened?" "If they are enlightened, then they would not have been reborn in the first ...
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How we can go to the pari-nirvana if not by being a bodhisattva?

What appears as a contradiction is the difference between Theravada and Mahayana paths. I cannot speak for the Theravada path since my study is Mahayana, but in our tradition, bodhicitta is necessary ...
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Source for bodhisattva transforming hell?

Found it, it's a story about Guanyin, the Chinese version of Avalokitesvara. The story says that she was a woman named Miaoshan, and when she died she went to hell (depending on the version either bc ...
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Has any Buddhist ever talked about postponing Buddhahood forever, but not for all sentient beings?

first karuna is not compassion. the pali word for compassion is anukampam. second the buddha does not even claim he reached nibanna out of karuna, nor out of anukampam. The buddha claims that he ...
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Are the bodhisattva vows better suited to the lay side of Buddhism?

As a practical observation, per AN4.99 there are four kinds of people found in the world: One who practices to benefit themselves, but not others; one who practices to benefit others, but not ...
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Difference between abiding nirvana and non-abiding nirvana?

This is a very interesting excerpt. Unfortunately I can not answer your question about the Sanskrit terms, but I hope what I have written is still helpful to your understanding of the difference ...
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