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Ti Tsang "Earth Store" (Ksitigarbha) Statue, at Hsiang-te Temple, in the Taroko Gorge. Taiwan. .Kitigarbha (known in Chinese as Dizang in Japanese as Jiz and in Vietnamese as a Tng) is a popular Mahayana Buddhist Bodhisattva, usually depicted as a Buddhist monk in the Orient. The name Dizang may be translated as "Earth Treasury", "Earth Store", "Earth Matrix", or "Earth Womb." It is derived from shortening of Chinese script reading of Sanskrit word ksiti (earth; ) and garbha (womb, matrix)..Kitigarbha is known for his vow not to achieve Buddhahood until all hells are emptied; therefore, he is regarded as the bodhisattva of hell beings. His famous vow, recited by many Buddhists, is, "Not until the hells are emptied will I become a Buddha; Not until all beings are saved will I certify to Bodhi.".Usually depicted as a monk with a nimbus around his shaved head, he carries a staff to force open the gates of hell and a wish-fulfilling jewel to light up the darkness.