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Friday, July 14, 2023

Why are we you?

Student: Docho Roshi, why are we you? 

SR: Why you are me? 

Student: Why are we you? 

SR: Oh. There is no reason. If you want to find out why, you should ask yourself, you know. [Laughter.] 

Student: I am. 

SR: Huh? 

Student: I am. 

SR: Okay. You are. So when you are truly me, there is no problem. But when you say “why,” there may be something to think about [laughter]. But for me, there is nothing to think about between you and me.

—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.