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What is the difference between a Buddha and a Bodhisattva?

A Buddha is an individual who has achieved Enlightenment and is free from the six realms of reincarnation, such as the Sakyamuni Buddha or the Amitabha Buddha. A Bodhisattva is a person who has achieved Enlightenment or Buddhahood, but has vowed to return to the samsara world to aid all sentient beings on their paths to Buddhahood. The Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, is the quintessential Bodhisattva.

At the temple, visitors can admire celebrated paintings and spectacular sculptures of the Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva. In fact, the official Chinese name of the International Buddhist Temple, 觀音寺 (Guan-Yin temple), was chosen in honour of the Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva (Guan-Yin).