Bodhicitta

in Mahayana Buddhism, mind that strives toward awakening, empathy, and compassion for the benefit of all sentient beings

In Buddhist thought, bodhicitta is the motivation of a bodhisattva. The word bodhicitta combines the words for enlightenment (Bodhi) and mind (Citta). It is sometimes translated as mind of enlightenment.

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Bodhicitta is taught to be the intent to become enlightened, not for oneself, but for the benefit of all beings.