A mahāsattva (P. mahāsatta; T. sems dpa' chen po སེམས་དཔའ་ཆེན་པོ་; C. dashi/mohesa; J. daiji/makasatsu 大士/摩訶薩) is translated as "great being," etc. It is an epithet of a bodhisattva of great accomplishment.
In the Sanskrit tradition, some commentators define a mahāsattva as a bodhisattva who has attained the path of seeing (darśana-mārga); and some define it as a bodhisattva who has attained at least the seventh bodhisattva ground (dūraṅgamā-bhūmi). The term is also used in a more general sense.
- Buswell, Robert E.; Lopez, Donald S. (2014), The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, Princeton University
- Holt, John (1991), Buddha in the Crown: Avalokitesvara in the Buddhist Traditions of Sri Lanka (PDF), Oxford University Press