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The essence of Buddhism lies in developing oneself through one's own determination and tenacious effort, not by depending on anyone or anything else. At the same time, neither is it to be confused with the arrogance to suppose, "I alone am correct and respectworthy." To believe in the immense potential within oneself is at once to believe in the immense potential existing within all people. Buddhism teaches that we should treasure the lives of others just as highly as we treasure our own.

Shravasti, where the buddha spent 25 rainy seasons and performed many miracles.