Hi everyone! Been some months since I posted, but I'm always lurking lol. I was saddened at the death of Thich Nhat Hanh, as most of the Buddhism books and videos I've watched and read are his or one of his sangha's (in the case of videos). Many times I've read the Bodhisattva vows in various places, books and online, but now have come to understand that Bodhisattvas are sort of like saints that you can call on to help with different things, like Green Tara coming to help with fear etc. If this is the case, how do we know if someone who has passed on is a Bodhisattva that can be called on for help? I'm not trying to confuse two different belief systems, just trying to understand a concept and only have certain imagery that I can go by until I know more.
Am I understanding the idea of a Bodhisattva correctly? At first I understood it to be someone who vows to return again and again until all sentient beings attain Buddhahood.
Can y'all help me understand please?
I bow to you all.