However many species of living beings there are
—whether born from eggs, from the womb, from division, or spontaneously;
whether they have form or do not have form;
whether they have perceptions or do not have perceptions;
or whether it cannot be said of them that they have perceptions
or that they do not have perceptions—
we must lead all these beings to the ultimate nirvana so that they can be liberated.
And when this innumerable, immeasurable, infinite number of beings
has become liberated, we do not, in truth,
think that a single being has been liberated.
—Buddha Shakyamuni, Diamond Sutra