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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Step by Step

As some Zen masters say, “Our way is like walking step by step.” This is our practice. When you stand on one leg you should forget the other leg. This is step by step. This is true practice. If you stick to right leg or left leg, left foot or right foot, you cannot walk [laughs]. This is how we practice our way. This is complete freedom.

Margot Patterson Doss - SF Chronicle columnist, 1974 for links to the source of the photo. Excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki lecture 68-10-12-B as found on, edited by PF. Go to for the Instagram version.