'Enlightenment Being', is a being destined to
Buddha-hood, a future Buddha.
According to the traditional belief a Bodhisatta,
before reaching his last birth as a Buddha on this earth, is living in the
Tusita-heaven (s. deva), the heaven of bliss. Cf. A. IV, 127; VIII, 70.
In the Pāli Canon and commentaries, the designation
'Bodhisatta' is given only to Prince Siddhattha before his enlightenment and to
his former existences.
The Buddha himself uses this term when speaking of his
life prior to enlightenment (e.g. M.4, M.26).
Bodhisatta-hood is neither
mentioned nor recommended as an ideal higher than or alternative to Arahantship;
nor is there any record in the Pāli scriptures of a disciple declaring it as his
See bodhi and the
Pail Names Dic.