Prof. McClintock’s Notes

Bodhicaryāvatāra = bodhi + caryā + avatāra

  • bodhi = awakening, the state of a an Awakened One or Buddha
  • caryā = activity, behavior, comportment, career
  • avatāra = descent, entrance, introduction

bodhi-citta = bodhi + citta = Awakening Mind

  • bodhi = awakening, the state of an Awakened One or Buddha
  • citta = mind

Bodhicitta refers to the mental state that is intensely focused upon and dedicated to attaining the highest level of enlightenment (that of a perfect Buddha) in order to be able to alleviate the maximum degree of suffering for both self and others.