Tib., byang-chub-sems-dpa' and/or dbang-phyug
Translating the above Tibetan term, one arrives at "heroically committed to pure and total presence", but in a more practical sense a Bodhisattva is better defined as an enlightened being dedicated to the liberation of others.
Taking the so-called Bodhisattva-vow (Skt., pranidhana), a man or woman thus makes the commitment to return to the cycle of life until all beings are equally liberated. Although most texts usually speak mainly of male Bodhisattvas, the Tibetan pantheon does know at least eight female ones: the Bodhisattva Dakinis.
The male bodhisattva's are sometimes combined into groups of four or eight individuals, and are then classified as the "Four Great Ones" or as the "Eight Great Ones" (Skt., mahabodhisattvas). In the following list, the "Four Great Ones" have been placed on top:
* is sometimes replaced by a bodhisattva called Mahasthamaprapta (Tib., Thuchenthop)