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Its often best to avoid comparing Theravada to Mahayana. For example, in Theravada there is no notion of 'bodhisattva enlightenment'. In Theravada, the word 'bodhisattva' is never used, apart from referring to Gotama prior to his Awakening. For example, in the Pali suttas, there is the stock phrase: Bhikkhus, before my enlightenment, while I was still ...

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