Now, let’s discuss a little bit about sattva. The word Bodhisattva has a connotation of a courageous being, a courageous person. When we talk about courage, we are not only talking about being able to face the enemy or the problem. We are also talking about being able to give up, do without friends, path, the tools that you use to counter the enemy. You should also be able to do without. That is really very profound courage. This is why the Mahayana path is the path that is not only afraid of samsara, but is also afraid of nirvana.
The Essence of Shantideva’s Writings, Prague 2010