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Suzuki Roshi usually encouraged me because I was so down on myself, but once after a one-day sitting, for the first time, I was feeling proud of myself. I went to him and said, “Now I can count every breath. What do I do next?”

He leaned forward and said to me fiercely, "Don't ever think that you can sit zazen! That's a big mistake! Zazen sits zazen!"

p.56. Blanche Hartman, City Center, 1970.