Unidentified Bodhisattva
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ABS 071

 Code: ABS 071

  Country: Burma (Myanmar)

  Style: Pyu

  Date: 500 - 600

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 7.8 x 13.8 x 5.5

  Materials: Bronze

Unidentified Boddhisattva 

Bodhisattvas are beings that have attained the highest level of spiritual development. They have generated bodhicitta (mind of enlightenment), but made the vow to renounce the bliss of entering nirvana in order to help all sentient beings until each and every one is free from suffering. Boddhisattvas can live incarnated in this world or dwell in a subtle body in the realm of Sambogakaya, where they can be reached through meditation. Boddhisattvas are also named “the Buddhas lions”. Bodhisattvas put into practise the six basic paramitas (virtues): charity, morality, patience, effort, concentration and wisdom (dana, sila, ksanti, verya, dhyana and prajna) and the four paramitas which derive from the basic ones: skillfull means, vows, power and knowledge (upaya, pranidhana, bala and jnana). Among the many, there are eight great or divine bodhisattvas. In the Nispannygavaqli of Mahapandita Abhayakara Gupta three sets of sixteen bodhisattvas are mentioned.