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Saturday, September 9, 2023

Vow to Save Them

For us there is no dead end. We say, even though there are innumerable sentient beings, we vow to save them [laughs]. That is our vow. This vow is not based on the possibility of attaining or saving all of them. But to make our best effort to express our true nature, we vow to save them all. And, if it is impossible—if there are innumerable people—our effort will be endless. In this way, we understand our practice and our vow.

—Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-07-21 - as found on edited by PF. Go to or for links to the full Shunryu Suzuki lecture and the source of the photo.