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A woman told Suzuki Roshi she found it difficult to mix Zen practice with the demands of being a housewife. "I feel I am trying to climb a ladder. But for every step upward, I slip backward two steps."

"Forget the ladder," Suzuki told her. "In Zen everything is right here on the ground."

p.59. Barbara Hiestand (RIP), Los Altos, circa 1966.