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.