Mara tempted him once more, saying:
“Pass away now, Lord, from existence! Let the Blessed One now die!
Now is the time for the Blessed One to pass away!”
The Buddha made reply as follows:
I shall not pass away, O Mara, until not only the brethren and sisters of the order,
but also the lay followers shall have become true disciples,
wise and well trained, ready and learned, versed in the teachings,
fulfilling all the greater and the lesser duties, correct in life,
walking according to the precepts;
until they, having thus themselves learned the doctrine,
shall be able to tell others of it, preach it, make it known,
establish it, open it, minutely explain it, and make it clear;
until they, when others start vain doctrines,
shall be able by the truth to vanquish and refute them,
and so to spread the wonder-working truth abroad!
I shall not pass away until this pure Dharma
shall have become successful, prosperous,
wide-spread, and respected, in all its full extent
—until, in a word, it shall have been well proclaimed!