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Don’t be an arahant, don’t be a bodhisattva, don’t be anything at all—if you are anything at all you will suffer.

A student of Buddhism asked, “Which do you think is the best path: that of the arahant or that of the bodhisattva?”

“That kind of question is asked by people who understand absolutely nothing about Buddhism!” Ajahn Sumedho replied.

Don’t be an arahant, don’t be a bodhisattva, don’t be anything at all—if you are anything at all you will suffer.”

—Ajahn Chah

By Ajahn Amaro
the abbot of Amaravati Buddhist monastery in southeast England. He was ordained as a bhikkhu by Ajahn Chah in 1979 and was the founding co-abbot of Abhayagiri Buddhist monastery in redwood Valley, California, where he served until 2010.

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