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(Skt.; Pāli).

Term which literally means ‘awakening’, but which is commonly translated as ‘enlightenment’. It denotes the awakening to supreme knowledge, as experienced by the Buddha as he sat under the Bodhi Tree at the age of 35. Technically, the experience of bodhi is said to consists of seven elements known as the ‘limbs of enlightenment’ (bodhyaṇga) and is achieved when the Four Noble Truths are correctly apprehended. According to the earliest sources, Arhats.Pratyekabuddhas.and Buddhas all experience the same awakening, but over the course of time the awakening of a Buddha came to be seen as especially profound (see saṃbodhi). See also satori; kenshō.

Subjects: Buddhism.


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