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On the fourth day of sesshin as we sat with our painful legs, aching backs, hopes, and doubts about whether it was worth it, Suzuki Roshi began his talk by saying slowly, “The problems you are now experiencing…”

“Will go away,” we were sure he was going to say.

"…will continue for the rest of your life,” he concluded.

The way he said it, we all laughed.

p.31. Ed Brown, Tassajara, circa 1969.