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Monday, February 5, 2024


Q: Roshi, is there a vow of a bodhisattva not wishing to enter nirvana until all sentient beings have entered nirvana?

SR: Yeah. “Until all sentient beings enter Nirvana, I will not enter Nirvana.” Some bodhisattvas take this kind of vow. If you take that vow, at that time, you are Buddha himself.

Drawing by Jack Van Allen and Misha Merrill for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-10-20 as found on, edited by PF. Go to for the Instagram version.