How to recognize a bodhisattva

Standing Bodhisattva Maitreya (Buddha of the Future), 3rd century C.E., Pakistan (ancient region of Gandhara), gray schist, 163.2 x 53.3 cm (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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Cite this page as: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank, "How to recognize a bodhisattva," in Smarthistory, October 5, 2022, accessed December 8, 2023,