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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Why?

Student MM: Docho Roshi, why are we you?
SR: Why-- oh-- you are me?
Student MM: Why are we you?
SR: Oh. There is no reason, you know. If you want to find out why, you should ask yourself, you know. [Laughter.]
Student MM: I am.
SR: Huh?
Student MM: I am.
SR: Okay. You are. So when you are truly me, you know, there is no problem. But when you say “why,” there may be something to think about [laughter]. So, there is nothing to think about between you and me.
 -------------------------------- Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-04-23-B as found on shunryusuzuki.com. Edited by DC