Bodhisattva (Sanskrit: meaning "Awakened Truth" or "Enlightenment Being") refers to savior-like figures found in Mahāyāna Buddhism as well as distinctive Mahayana beliefs and practices that cultivate savior-like qualities. The Bodhisattva figures are famous for embodying compassion and other noble qualities. They take the "Bodhisattva Vow" to forsake their individual enlightenment in order to aid in the awakening (bodhi) of all beings.
The bodhisattvas are distinct from the arhat in three ways: 1) their motivation seeks to aid all beings rather than themselves, 2) their goal is complete enlightenment for all instead of extinguishing merely one's own suffering, and 3) they see sunyata (emptiness) as the deepest truth. As a result, the bodhisattva path is often presented as distinctive practices of Mahāyāna Buddhism that distinguish it from the Theravadan tradition. This doctrine provides a model of an engaged form of Buddhism that does not run away from the suffering of the world, but actively seeks to end it for all beings.