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In the middle of a sesshin Suzuki Roshi spoke in a lecture about the pain that everyone was experiencing, especially in their legs, from the long hours of sitting. "Pain is your teacher," he said.

Later that day in dokusan a student started talking to him about how much she felt she was growing because of trying to master pain.

He stopped her and said, "Pain is tedious."

p.57. Jane Schneider, Tassajara, 1967.