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Suzuki Roshi was at Tassajara when his youngest son, Otohiro, who had never done Zen practice, had just finished a grueling three-day initiatory sitting. Otohiro came to Roshi’s cabin and there was a brief exchange between father and son in Japanese.

Roshi told me later that Otohiro had said the sitting was a wonderful experience. Although he wanted to congratulate his son, he had felt obliged not to respond with enthusiasm. In that way, Roshi said, his son could properly understand his realization as his own discovery and not as something his father had given him.

p.115. Bob Halpern, Tassajara, 1967.