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Monday, July 3, 2023

Walk with Your Own Feet

SR: Your weak point is you are trying to understand it, or in short, you are like a big baby [laughs]. That is your weak point. So you should work on your own—walk with your own feet.

Student: And what is your role as my teacher?

SR: “Your teacher,” you say, but actually I am your friend. I cannot do anything for you. Tentatively, I will treat you in this way.

—Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture - 68-04-23-B - as found on edited by PF. Go to or for links to the full Shunryu Suzuki lecture and the source of the photo.