Bodhisattva (Rubin Museum of Art, NY)
Heroic Aspirant to Englightenment - Tibet; ca. 12th century;
Gilt copper alloy
"Why is it made?" Exhibition; Rubin Museum of Art, NYC
In Buddhism, a bodhisattva means either "enlightened (bodhi) existence (sattva)" or "enlightenment-being" or, given the variant Sanskrit spelling satva rather than sattva, "heroic-minded one (satva) for enlightenment (bodhi)." Another translation is "Wisdom-Being." It is the name given to anyone who, motivated by great compassion, has generated bodhicitta, which is a spontaneous wish to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all living beings.