The very nature of Buddhist practice is learning to accept the role of a Bodhisattva. 'Bodhisattva' is a Sanskrit word which means 'one who seeks awakening'. The term is used interchangeably in three different ways: 1) a being who is enlightened; 2) a being who is on the path of enlightenment; 3) a being who enlightens others. Tibetan Buddhism uses the term 'bodhisattva' in a combination of the three understandings and refers to a bodhisattva as a person intent on attaining enlightenment for the sake of others. In order to reinforce this understanding, some Buddhist teachers would often begin public talks by saying 'Bodhisattvas' rather than 'Ladies and Gentlemen'.
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