The completion of lecture 3 of 10 of The Gospel of Luke.
Rudolf Steiner, Basel, September 17, 1909:
...This expresses the great truth of the Bodhisattva becoming Buddha and sacrificing the substance of his very being to mankind for nourishment, so that his forces now ray out into the world from the hearts of men.
1. The body he has before he attains Buddhahood, when he is still working from above as a Bodhisattva; it is a body that does not contain in itself all the powers at his command; he still lives in spiritual heights and is linked with his earlier mission, as was the Bodhisattva before his mission became the Buddha's mission. As long as such a being is living in a body of this nature, his body is called a ‘Dharmakaya’;2. The body which such a being builds as his own and through which he brings to expression, in the physical body, everything he has within him. This body is called the ‘body of perfection’, ‘Sambhogakaya’.3. The body which such a being assumes after he has passed through the stage of perfection and can work from above in the way described. This body is called a Nirmanakaya’. [ 1 ]
Notes:1. Also referred to in Buddhist literature as ‘the Body of Transformation’.