Bodhi means enlightenment. Sattva means sentient being. A Bodhisattva is one who is following the path to enlightenment. A Bodhisattva altruistically chooses to put off his or her enlightenment in order to alleviate other’s suffering. The Bodhisattva practices the virtues of generosity, morality, renunciation, wisdom, energy, patience, truthfulness, determination, and loving-kindness with no desire for self-gratification. There are an infinite number of Bodhisattvas. Mahayana Buddhists regard Bodhisattvas and the Bodhisattva Path as the way to realize one’s Buddha nature.