Bodhicitta

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Buddhism

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Basic terms

People

Gautama Buddha
Dalai Lama
Bodhisattva
Sangha

Schools

Theravada
Mahayana
Zen
Vajrayana
Nyingma Kagyu Sakya Gelug

Practices

study Dharma
Meditation
Metta

In Buddhist thought, bodhicitta is the motivation of a bodhisattva. The word bodhicitta combines the words for enlightenment (Bodhi) and mind (Citta). It is sometime translated as mind of enlightenment.

Bodhicitta is taught to be the intent to become enlightened, not for oneself, but for the benefit of all beings.