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"When you prescribed a year at this place for me, you told me I would find great joy," a student said to Suzuki Roshi, as they sat sipping tea in Suzuki's cabin at Tassajara. "To find that great joy, I will first have to lose the will to live, won't I, Roshi?"

"Yes," he said, "but without gaining a will to die."

p.36. Durand Kiefer, Tassajara, 1967.