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With reference to the religious history of India, consider the following statements

With reference to the religious history of India, consider the following statements

  1. The concept of Bodhisattva is central to Hinayana sect of Buddhism.
  2. Bodhisattva is a compassionate one on his way to enlightenment.
  3. Bodhisattva delays achieving his own salvation to help all sentient beings on their path to it.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?(2016)

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 2 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Answer: B

The concept of Bodhisattva is central to Mahayana sect of Buddhism

A bodhisattva is literally a living being (sattva) who aspires to enlightenment (bodhi) and carries out altruistic practices. The bodhisattva ideal is central to the Mahayana Buddhist tradition as the individual who seeks enlightenment both for him- or herself and for others.


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