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A student of Suzuki Roshi's, a publisher of Beat poetry, saw his teacher of a year and a half in a private interview. He said that he couldn't continue, that every time he sat zazen he started to cry. "I can't take it," he said. "I'm leaving. I can't be here anymore."

Suzuki didn't tell him to stay. He merely said, "You try and you try and you fail, and then you go deeper."

p.15. Dave Haselwood, Sokoji, 1964.