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Video: Bodhisattva: Three Definitions
Bodhisattva (Tibetan: jang chub sem pa. English: heroic aspirant to enlightenment): there are three very different meanings of the term bodhisattva depending on context. The first  is a descriptive art meaning. The second  is a category of deity within Buddhist art and iconography. The third  is the abstract religious definition of a bodhisattva as a level of achievement along the Buddhist path.
Jeff Watt 7-2003 [updated 12-2019, 8-2020]
(The images below are of unidentified Bodhisattva figures).