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When I first came to the temple I asked to learn zazen, but Suzuki Roshi didn't have time that day. I frequently returned, but for two months Suzuki refused to teach me. Then one day he took me to a remote part of the building and said, "Now would you like to learn zazen?" After teaching me attention to posture and breathing, he gave me a book. Many years later I asked him why he refused to teach me zazen when I first asked for it.

He said, "I did not want to spoil what is naturally present."

p.63. Rowena Pattee, Sokoji, 1964.